What would you do if you were Invisible?


Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, led by Xiang Zhang, have demonstrated for the first time they were able to cloak three-dimensional objects using artificially engineered materials that redirect light around the objects.   Underlying the work is the idea that bending visible light around an object will hide it.

XiangZhang said: “In the case of invisibility cloaks or shields, the material would need to curve light waves completely around the object like a river flowing around a rock.”  The research, which was heavily funded by the military, will be published in two journals, Nature and Science, later this week.

People can see objects because they scatter the light that strikes them, reflecting some of it back to the eye. Cloaking uses materials, known as metamaterials, to deflect radar, light or other waves around an object, like water flowing around a smooth rock in a stream.

So, to me, the real question is what would YOU use an invisible cloak for?  Rob a bank?  Peek in on your neighbors?  Leave me a comment and tell me what your first act would be if you had an invisible cloak.

14 thoughts on “What would you do if you were Invisible?

  1. sapimoto

    At this morning, I read from a local newspaper, some scientist has found a formula to make a thing become invisible

  2. Steve

    Holy Geez, we opened it at work and even our boss came out and was busting a gut. I havent laughed this hard in a while. Great Post.

  3. Steve

    I shall explain, On the Get Smart movie about the scientists they were talking about the same thing, and all you have to do is wear polarized glasses to see the cloak. That is why we were all laughing.

  4. foongpc

    OMG! They can make objects invisible now? Just think how powerful this is to military and terrorists and criminals! So there’ll come a day when you will start worrying if there is anyone in the room with you. And people will stop believing in ghosts because they will think any paranormal incidences are caused by invisible humans!

  5. Richard McLaughlin

    I heard about this before, the problem is that a moving person is not invisible.

    I would only use a working cloak for good.

  6. The Fitness Diva

    I’d walk around and slap all the rude, mean, selfish, racist and sexist people I came across. It would become my full time job! 🙂

  7. Bradley

    I love Fitness Diva’s response, so I’ll go with that. I’d also play around with people and move things while they weren’t looking to confuse them.

    Lastly, I’d spend a lot of time in locker rooms.

  8. Susan Helene Gottfried

    I can’t choose one thing to do first, but eavesdropping comes immediately to mind, especially if the conversation’s about me.

  9. natural

    i heard about this and was like what? i prefer to see who i’m talking to and who’s spying on me. 😉

    lets be seen and not heard.

  10. gsmith Post author

    Bradley – Thanks for stopping by, I agree, locker rooms 🙂

    Susan – Like a fly on the wall!

    Natural – I think the whole idea of spying is having the other people NOT hear or see you! 🙂

  11. Moon

    I’ll simply stay beside my super crush. I’ll just stalk around..
    Be with him when he sleeps..and when he takes a bath..lol

  12. gsmith Post author

    That is funny Moon, but wouldn’t you rather be visible so your super crush could see you also while he is in the bath!

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