Is Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak Finally A Reality?

By Meera Dolasia on December 14, 2012

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Ever since J.K. Rowling planted the idea of an invisibility cloak in her blockbuster Harry Potter book series, scientists have been falling all over themselves to create a material that can not only camouflage people, but also, buildings. Now a Canadian company claims to have won that race with a magical textile that it aptly calls 'Quantum Stealth'.

British Columbia based Hyperstealth Technology Corporation asserts that the material renders its wearer completely invisible, even to people with night vision goggles. Also, just like the young wizard's cloak, it is lightweight and does not need cameras, batteries, lights or mirrors to operate. But best of all, it is cheap to manufacture!

So how does it really work? Well that is a top secret. Besides stating that they have successfully managed to bend light waves, so that they go around the material instead of through it, the company is not giving out any details. What it does elaborate on, is all the good uses 'Quantum Stealth' could be put to - Ranging from protecting US and Canadian soldiers forced to eject into enemy terrain, to allowing special armed forces to carry out raids without any fear of being seen. And if that is not enough they even envision creating aircrafts and submarines that can go completely undetected.

To prove that Quantum Stealth really exists, the company has released photos and even a video showing its magical properties. For those that are still skeptical, they have only one thing to say - Both the US and Canadian Military officials have witnessed it live and are so impressed that they are now collaborating with Hyperstealth Technology to create the next generation 'survival blanket' that could render the soldier invisible in a split of a second! If this is indeed true, we have only one question - When will this magical fabric be available to the rest of us?

Resources: CNN.com, dailymail.co.uk, odditycentral.com

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  • cile
    cileWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:58 am
    best invention EVER and I love HARRY POTTER
    • tashadtasha
      tashadtashaThursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm
      I want one to creep out all my friends!
      • 090509
        090509Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 9:54 am
        i meant to say hide and go seek
        • 090509
          090509Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 9:54 am
          it would be good for a game of hide and go seek
          • 090509
            090509Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 9:53 am
            this so cool i want one
            • carmel
              carmelWednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:39 am
              That is so cool I want one cause it is cool
              • kup
                kupThursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:14 am
                CREEPY but awsome
              • noelleTuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:12 pm
                I'm imagining myself saying to my kids "we didn't have invisibility cloaks when I was little."
                • avery14786
                  avery14786Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8:15 am
                  I know right
                • p11trinity
                  p11trinityTuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:45 pm
                  wow that is amazing
                  • nataliatabile
                    nataliatabileTuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:54 pm
                    SAY WHAT?????
                    • awesomeTuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11:27 am
                      I want one! I am a big fan of Harry Potter! I would love to have one!

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