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#1 Jun 09 2004 at 4:38 PM Rating: Decent
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I was sittin at work actually doing my job for once when I ran across a site with an article I found particularly interesting. Apparently a group of Japanese scientists devised a method for recording the scenery on one side of a subject, and display it on subjects opposite side, thus making subject appear translucent. B/S you say? Thats what I thought... so I did google searches by inventor's name and the concept itself. Here's some links to see for yourself:

Original article, by Time Magazine, I saw which perked my interest.

Wired Magazine's Article of the topic.

Ananova's Article of same topic.

Thats what I came up with in a ten minute (non-intesive) search... I would have done a more complete investigation, but Time and Wired Magazines aren't exactly Weekly World News, the Enquisitor or The Star. BTW... expected release is 2008.
#2 Jun 09 2004 at 4:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Very interesting... Now... think of what people could do with this "invisibility cloak" other then Surgeons and Aircraft Pilots. Yes, people think that its impossible to get ahold of things like that, but the "Black Market" is real. I am not going into detial just think of snipers, serial killers, nuclear bombs, Osama Bin Laden, etc.

I am still amazed the way technology is advancing these days, can't wait till tomorrow, we will be driving home in our new Hover Car.
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#3 Jun 09 2004 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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funny you should mention the flying car... saw a 60 min special on Travel channel (or maybe it was The Learning Channel) about a flying car. Had like 5 engines on it for reliability and has a 2.5 mil price tag I think they said. Also, one of the other articles I ran across was the Gibbs Aquada.

Check it out (site loads slow :\) and they're only 250k a piece?
#4 Jun 09 2004 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Now the thing is that this would only work on camera if I am not mistaken...so technically it is not an invisibility cloak...but on the contrary...if you looked at the cloak the highly reflective material would make people noticeable in broad daylight...all in all though it is still very interesting...
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#5 Jun 09 2004 at 5:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Amphibious cars... Remade? Thats just crazy...
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#6 Jun 09 2004 at 5:34 PM Rating: Decent
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With the amazing Google, I found the link!

www.skycar.co.za/related_links.asp
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#7 Jun 09 2004 at 5:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Now the thing is that this would only work on camera if I am not mistaken...so technically it is not an invisibility cloak...


Ok, I understand thats a lot of info to read thru, and its mainly supporting arguments in the topic incase someone says I'm full of it. However, as of today, yes, they only have the camera/projector setup. However, by the year 2008, this is more or less what they hope to accomplish (You can find this under the images of how this whole concept works [2nd page of Wired's report]):

"To Achieve true invisibility, optical camouflage must capture the background from all angles and display it from all perspectives simultaneously. This requires a minimum of six stereoscopic camera pairs, allowing the computer to model the surroundings and synthesize the scene from every point of view. To display this imagery, the fabric is covered with hyperpixels, each consisting of a 180 x 180 LED array behind a hemispherical lens."

This will no longer be a camera/projection suit that you have to lug around or setup, but everything will be built into the coat itself. It will be all automatic, and electronically produced rather than being projected. The image will be very sharp and accurate during day or night and will then truely be an invisible coat. As for right now... they're only playing with the idea.
#8 Jun 10 2004 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Finally, a way for me to get through the 'hood without getting capped!!!!

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#9 Jun 10 2004 at 1:46 PM Rating: Good
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I'll never do any work again. Just hit the ole office and camou up. Smiley: grin

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#10 Jun 10 2004 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
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seriously, i hope this never really exists....can you imagine the crime increase?
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#11 Jun 10 2004 at 2:33 PM Rating: Decent
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seriously... look at what Kevin Bacon did when he was the invisible man... thats just not right... its like rape or something... oh and can you imagine the security camera's video of a robbery? there's just a shot gun pointed at the clerk and nothing more... :\. That'd be rather skeery.
#12 Jun 11 2004 at 4:14 AM Rating: Default
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When Michael Jackson starts wearing this, you just KNOW his only nickname from then on will be "Invisiligo".
#13 Jun 11 2004 at 9:55 AM Rating: Decent
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I hope it does not go through as well...not just for common day uses, but for military appications as well. Can you imagine us being invaded by an army of soldiers and not even knowing its happening? Or us invading another country for example. Because you know once the governmment sees this application, they are going to want to put it into a military application. What ever happened to good ol face to face combat...
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#14 Jun 11 2004 at 10:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Invisibility on the battle field would be a horrible idea... not only would you have friendly fire deaths left and right, but people would be tripping over the remains until the life of the suit died itself. There are advantages and disadvantages to this, yet that topic is reserved for another 4 yrs. Further more, technology has adapted itself around itself for the last 100 years. Someone invents something, someone else invents something to counter it. Some times its the exact same thing just used as a wild card to hold bluff... but sometimes its a correction. Now if only we could fix the lack of the O3 in the atmosphere.
#15 Jun 15 2004 at 7:15 AM Rating: Decent
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I think this isn't a bad idea. Unless they find a way to cover body heat all they would have to do is use heat vision goggles. Thats my 2 cents anyway. I hope to become a sniper in the army and that suit would be very helpfull.
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