Japanese Invisible Technology – Optical Camouflage

They are the ultimate form of camouflage. Put one on, and you disappear from view. One saved Harry Potter from many tight scrapes, and in the film Die Another Day the technology provided James Bond with the ultimate escape vehicle, an invisible car.
But now Japanese scientists have turned fantasy into reality by creating an invisibility cloak that makes it possible to see straight through its wearer. He, or she, simply vanishes from view. The garment is the work of Japanese inventor Susumu Tachi, a professor of computer science and physics at the University of Tokyo. ‘It’s a kind of augmented reality,’ he said of his device.
In reality, the ‘optical camouflage‘ cloak is anything but invisible. It is made up of ‘retro-reflective material’ coated with tiny light-reflective beads that cover its entire length. The cloak is also fitted with cameras that project what is at the back of the wearer on to the front, and vice versa. The effect is to make the wearer blend with his background.

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The device is attracting serious attention from military experts keen to exploit a technology that could help troops move into action without being spotted.Nor does the potential end there, says Tachi’s colleague, Naoki Kawakami. ‘It could be used to help pilots see through the floor of the cockpit at a runway below, or for drivers trying to see through a fender to park a car.’

 

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30 thoughts on “Japanese Invisible Technology – Optical Camouflage

  1. Interesting, but its obviously an image from a projector. With the sphere and brick of material, it should have been able to show the man’s face, but instead showed the image behind him.

  2. obviously computer generated image over green aperalls..and flawed, “With the sphere and brick of material, it should have been able to show the man’s face, but instead showed the image behind him.” (by 光るの永遠)

  3. “Interesting, but its obviously an image from a projector. With the sphere and brick of material, it should have been able to show the man’s face, but instead showed the image behind him.” by 光るの永遠

    Why should the mans face be shown?? when the purpose of cloaking technology is to HIDE the MAN in this case his FACE and BODY. The demo obviously shows that the sphere and and brick can HIDES the mans face while the jacket HIDES the mans ENTIRE BODY. But it’s still early in the technology give it a couple of more decades and we’ll begin to see full body cloaking tech like in the movie Predator.

    1. If the material REFLECTS what is BEHIND it, then, NATURALLY, the man’s FACE would show THROUGH when he holds the BALL in front of his FACE… Same with the brick-shaped object. Instead, it shows the image of what is supposedly behind HIM. If the technology is real and functions in the manner that is explained, why do the cameras not “see” the man? What we are seeing is evidence of green screen TOM FOOLERY. GET IT?

  4. That’s so cool! Cheap and sill, but I bet a bunch of kids that won’t shut up for their babysitter might enjoy it… possibly might keep ’em quiet for ahwile!
    Good job! 😀

  5. It is a great deal to invisible whole body, but it can be possible to hide the face by covering face with transparent material which can project image at outside

  6. To you who cry “Bull!”-it’s not green screen. If you try googling it you’ll find many sites, including “how stuff works”, make reference to this. But yes, it is a projected image.

  7. if the teck is to show whats behind , who made this stupit video, the jap face should bee the one you see in the window, not the wall, or is this an xray machine?

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