Canadian camouflage manufacturing company Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. has developed “quantum stealth camouflage”, material which renders the target completely invisible using light bending technology. What’s interesting, is that this material does not need any camera, battery, light or mirror and it conceals visual, infrared (night vision) and thermal signatures as well as shadow of the target. The material has already been demonstrated in front of separate US military and Canadian military groups.
“Some critics are claiming that our technology (if it works) must only work in one direction at one angle. I can tell you that we have demonstrated that it can work in 360 degrees meaning you will see what is on the other side of the target and some one at a different angle will see what is immediately behind the target from their vantage point.” Guy Cramer, CEO of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp.
Quantum stealth bends light waves around target in order to make it invisible, similar to what fibre-optics cables do. Guy Cramer, CEO of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp talks about 7 possible scenarios where quantum stealth camouflage can be used – encompassing military, air force and naval applications. He suggests pilots can use such cloak while ejecting over open terrain in enemy territory, marines can swim to enemy’s beach unnoticed, aircraft(s) can be hidden from spy satellites, submarine’s periscope can be made invisible, hide special forces and counter terrorism teams, rendering tanks in battlefield invisible and hiding sniper to have closer aim at target. In an interview with CNN, Cramer calls it “The Harry Potter cloak” – if you enter a room having a soldier wearing one such cloak, soldier will be completely invisible.
About the possibility that someone else might mimic the technology, Cramer says they have developed countermeasure against anyone using quantum stealth or any identical material, claims they will be able to detect the same. In order to avoid such an incident, they have created photo mock-ups for depiction instead actual photos.
First published in The Atlantic in July 2011, story went viral after CNN interviewed Cramer in December 2012.
Featured image: Mock-up image of sniper covered by Quantum stealth camouflage
Mock-up of Quantum stealth material depicting sniper covered with camouflage. HyperStealth claims original material reduces 95% of the shadow.
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