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Prof Pendry explained: "It doesn't use a video camera, rather the object to be hidden is wrapped in a cloak that guides light around it, like a chicane.
"Of course your eye doesn't know that because it only senses the direction of the rays that enter the eye.
"As a result the object becomes invisible."
The theory behind the method, that uses materials that refract light in ways not found in nature, has already been proven.
"Researchers at Duke University in the US have already built a material that works for radar," he said.
"But doing it with visible light will take a lot longer."
Originally posted by randel
reply to post by Jazzyguy
I thought about something similar myself, but why carry the rocket on your back when you can leave it at a safe point and use lasers to guide it to the target as done in the video.
I actually think that wars will become a RTS or at least I hope so, when you run out of army you lose. Drones will replace planes/tanks etc. commanders will play RTS games and soldiers will play some strange first person shooter from the base. No real combat between people.
Optical camouflage is a kind of active camouflage in which one wears a fabric which has an image of the scene directly behind the wearer projected onto it, so that the wearer appears invisible. The concept exists for now only in theory and in proof-of-concept prototypes, although many experts consider it technically feasible.