Harry Potter fans around the world will be excited to learn that researchers at the University of Rochester have announced the development of a cloaking device.
Scientists at the college have discovered a way to conceal large objects using relatively common lenses, and while the device isn’t a cloak that you’d wear like in the Harry Potter series, the handheld device could be used for a variety of purposes.
“From what we know this is the first cloaking device that provides three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking,” said graduate student and researcher Joseph Choi. “I imagine this could be used to cloak a trailer on the back of a semi-truck so the driver can see directly behind him. It can be used for surgery, in the military, in interior design, art.”
John Howell, a physics professor involved in the research, says that this isn’t the first cloaking project.
“A lot of people have worked on a lot of different aspects of optical cloaking for years,” said Howell.
The device, which Howell notes doesn’t distort the background, only the object itself, can be created at home for under $100, and instructions have already been published.
Sources: The Blaze, Business Insider, University of Rochester Newscenter