Move over Harry Potter: Scientists invent real-life ‘invisibility cloak’

Posted: September 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (PIX11)– It’s every Harry Potter fan’s dream: an invisibility cloak.

Researchers at the University of Rochester figured out how to make large objects seem invisible in a process called ‘cloaking,’ according to the school’s YouTube channel.

“This is the first device that we know that can do three-dimensional, continuously mutlidirectional cloaking, which works for transmitting rays in the visible,” said Joseph Choi, a graduate student who helped develop the method at Rochester, which is renowned for its optical research.

The curious notion is that it doesn’t really involve a tangible cloak but a set of different lenses that make an object seem hidden while items around it can still be seen.

In their tests, they ‘cloaked’ a hand, a face and a ruler–making each object appear “invisible” while the image behind the hidden object remains in view.

They said that the process has endless possibilities in surgery…

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