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From the link provided:
But don't expect to hide yourself or your spaceship anytime soon, at least not in the standard sense of invisible. In practical terms, the research is more likely to lead to improved technical and research devices, and even these applications are years away.
But cloaking ability would depend on an object's size, so that only with very small things -- items that are already microscopic or nearly so -- could the visible light be rendered null. A human could be made impossible to detect in longer-wavelength radiation such as microwaves, but not from visible light.
A spaceship might be made transparent to radio waves or some other long-wavelength detector.
Originally posted by menjo
Take a look at this link...
From what I undestand that the "cloaking device" IS reality and HAS been tested and DOES work. Interesting that all articles I have read say that the device "scatters" or "cancels out" the light, it actually changes the frequencey of the lightwave when it "hits" the device, to a wave that is not visable by the naked eye, from what I understand, creating a "cloak bubble".
This link is the best and closest description I could find.
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
Going along with something else I read once, if a human or vehicle (airplane, car, submarine, etc) were somehow successfully cloaked, wouldn't they be blind? Or does the cloaking effect occur in one direction only? For the scatter/cancel effect described, I think anyone cloaked would be blind, at least in the wavelengths cloaked against. For the change in frequency, I'm not sure if that's true or not.
I'm just saying this because a cloaked stealth airplane is pretty useless if it can't navigate