Invisibility Cloak Is (Not) RealBy: Mike Tuttle - April 2, 2014
Well, we don’t have hover boards yet. But we may be making progress on the invisibility cloak. In a sense.
According to a recent exposé in LiveScience, the costume company Morphsuits issued a release where they outlined their breakthrough production of a suit that renders you invisible to observers.
The idea behind the “Hollow Man Morphsuit” is based on a Halloween costume that got quite a bit of notice. In that incarnation, a man used two iPads, locked into video chat, on his front and back, making a virtual hole through his body.
Morphsuits claimed that the suit was made of “spandex material embedded with thousands of micro-LEDs and mirrors and dozens of small cameras perched at just the right angle to project an image ‘through’ the wearer.”
Science sites were all abuzz about the breakthrough, especially when they learned that former NASA scientist Mark Rober had led a team that developed the technology. It was one of those things that everyone just knew would be able to happen, it was just a matter of time.
The whole thing turn out to be a very well-constructed April Fools’ joke.
“Each year, we think April Fools’ stimulates some of the most creative and funny stories from brands,” the company wrote in an email to Live Science. “We’re absolutely thrilled with how much everyone seemed to like our story, and the crowning glory was people truly believing this could be real.”
The best part about the whole joke was that they made the suits “available for pre-sale” on their website for a price tag of just over $1,600. By the time the joke was revealed, there were no doubt many aspiring burglars and bank robbers who had already figured up a fantastic ROI on the purchase.
Everyone who talks about the possibility of the invisibility cloak always references the Harry Potter device of the same name. All you had to do was wrap it around you and you were virtually undetectable, even in very close quarters.
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