Hold on to your Sorting Hats, life is imitating art as a company has reached a revolutionary step in the process of developing working invisibility cloaks.
Hyperstealth Biotechnology, a company based out of British Columbia, Canada, revealed their progress on an invisibility cloak in late 2012.
The concept, which many will recognize from the popularized “Cloak of Invisibility” from the second installment of the “Harry Potter” franchise, is one that has long been investigated as a valid form of camouflage. Numerous corporations and governments have looked into what it would take to make this cloak a reality only to come up empty handed.
In the success of creating such a device, Hyperstealth Biotechnology’s scientist have invented a type of camouflage that employs “Quantum Stealth,” reported The Huffington Post “that bends light around the wearer or an object to create the illusion of invisibility.”
The cloaks have picked up quite a bit of attention not only with the public and social media but that of a few different government agencies for military purposes.
“[Hyperstealth Biotechnology] has the backing of both the U.S. Pentagon and the Canadian military,” according to Ecouterre.com and The Huffington Post.
“I could see humanity using it in a military grade . . . I know the submarines use it some degree to cloak their signals that they put out,” freshman criminal justice major, Elijah Ericksen said. “I think it could be a great asset for the U.S., I think it could also be a problem if another country got a hold of it.”
Fellow criminal justice major Eric Wise expressed a concern in the cloaks development.
” I don’t really think [the government] would allow the public to use it, because there would be a lot of invasion of privacy problems probably,” Wise said.
Yet, the entirety of the alleged invisibility cloak has yet to come to fruition as “these so-called ‘cloaks’ only work in [microwaves],” as reported by Ecouterre.com. At this point in time the only thing that can be made invisible must also be able to sustain the strains of heavy Microwave frequency exposure.