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The technology for atomic level invisibility might be closer than you’d think! Russian professor Oleg Gadomsky has patented a new method of optical camouflage. The professor, versed in both quantum and optical electronics, uses gold nanoparticles arranged in a stratum that cloaks the image of an object to the other side of the stratum.

Invisible Cloak Illusion

Gadomsky’s technology is completely different than existing methods of optical camouflage that exist today. In 2003, the TACHI laboratory of the University of Tokyo demonstrated an “invisibility cloak” — which was actually no more than a projection of the image behind the cloak projected back onto the cloak. Gadomsky plans to actually disrupt the radiation in such a manner to “bend” light around the stealthed object behind the nanoparticle wall.

Invisible Cloak Illusion


60 Responses
  1. Aaron says:

    these people are standing in front of a projector, not in a real life scenario.

  2. Bread says:

    Yes; those pictures are from the TACHI group, who used a retroflective material coated cloak. When projected on, the light (similar stuff to stopsigns, actually) is reflected/refracted back the exact direction it came. For the TACHI suits to work, you need a projector…

    However, it seems this new patent uses the actual material to warp light *around* an object. I wonder if it could really work… Would be somewhat more feasible than flexible OLED suits.

  3. henry says:

    there are small cameras on the front that project the image that they see onto the back and vice versa

  4. People says:

    Dumbs! Please read the other comments before posting your own.

  5. Billy says:

    I know it’s just a projecter

  6. Pharoahs says:

    ive seen a video before were the guy moves in the cloak.. i can belive these are real… to whoever says these are just projected through a project, dumb dumb

  7. Kevin says:

    wow i saw this on discovery channel it was so amazing……..

  8. makemeshutup says:

    lots of shit

  9. Yeah says:

    Now that’s cool!!

  10. Ben Dover says:

    If that is an invisible cloak, then why can I still see her or him (who knows if that’s a man or women)! DUMB!

  11. rotflmaowjjtumaasipbtdbuma says:

    D’oh.. You ARE all dumb. It’s magic. Yes, I’m irish.

  12. loser says:

    i dont know where to go on this…i just wasnt to know…if its a progector…why dose the guy, in the last picture,not have the same stuff…on his head…now dont think im stupid..im only 14…=^.^=

  13. BurninRubber says:

    In the first one, the very, very top of the hat is a silvery blue but behind him is a green tree. NOT REAL On the second one her arm is in front of a guys face. you cannot see this. And it’s so obvious that a coat has been air brushed.

  14. Ryan says:

    You guys are all dumb. Try doing some research before you criticize this stuff. No, these haven’t been touched up by computer, it is infact live. There’s a video on youtube.com showing the second pic, and you can watch the guy ride his bike behind her. Just search for “real japanese invisible clothes.” However, it’s not an invisibility cloak, it’s one of the first prototypes of a high tech camo suit. It does use a projector, and you have to look through a certain lense to see the person turn translucent as shown. There’s a live camera feed from behind the person, and whatever the camera captures, the projector puts up on the other side of the person, giving them the optical illusion of being “invisible.” So while it looks like someone in a raincoat to ordinary people, to people looking through the lense, it’s one of the most awesome things ever. And btw, I’m only 15 and I know this stuff, so maybe you guys shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

  15. Dan says:

    if you guys just google this, you will see that this is the real deal, it’s not a projector, it’s a digital camera image, passed through a special lense. the reason you can’t see the guys face in the backround is because of the for or crease in the cloak. now there are other cloaks out there being developed that use digital camera’s in the material itself, and passing the image to millions of tiny LED screens, that give the effect of invisibility, but it hasn’t been able to work in field experiments that well because the battery the person needs to wear is a)to big and b) the battery loses it’s juice in just a couple hours, and c) the cloak actually puts off heat, making it easy to spot someone by using infra-red technology. look it up… you’ll find the same things i have.

  16. S says:

    so much BS! if you look at the picture of person in front of the truck facing away, notice the hood showing the image of the truck when the person’s head would be obstructing an image from being collected to be projects.

    They are just making up patents trying to get free money.

  17. alana says:

    i still think its kinda kool but fake

  18. Mike says:

    So, how much does a jacket cost?!

  19. Zai says:


  20. josh says:

    theyre real they project light around the wearer so it creates the effect of invisibility

  21. Tom says:

    This isn’t fake. It is true that you can make a similar effect with photoshop and various other techniques. However the research for this is real. There are many prototypes for similar coats. It uses light refraction to make it seem invisible through lenses. That is why in the first photo under is a bit green. If someone doctored it or used some other method, do you think they would have made such a mistake?? This technology has been around for a while and is continually being tested for perfection. Most likely they will be used for military application so that they cannot be easily targeted in sights. They are not projectors, for if they were then in the second photo the light would be on his face too as well as hands, and that is not so. People need to research more, and never underestimate the brilliant minds of TokyoU where these particular cloaks were developed.

  22. TopArrow says:

    Bread is right, look at his comment if you have’nt. Although I don’t know how he knows this or why he knows this, he is right. And to answer Bread’s question. yes the new suits ARE real, and like Tom said “don’t underestimate the brilliant minds of TokyoU.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I am amazed with the technology used to design this suit. I think TOM is right, you SHOULD do your research before you critisize ANYTHING!!!

    ***(you guys have bad spelling and grammer issuses!!!)***

  24. Anonymous says:

    hei tis is real i think.havin tis technology is useful also harmful….
    those who don belive tis r really dams

  25. Anonymous says:

    Painted or mirror. Look closer- paint. Look behind what they would expect you to think- mirror. Weird. Weird is weird because it’s spelled weird. ;P

  26. Anonymous says:

    ArrrrG iTs WiTcHeS you DuMbAsSeS!1!1!
    or its real >_>

  27. Anonymous says:

    yeah its the TACHI group or photoshopped

  28. AK says:

    Actually, Henry, u got it kinda mixed up with James Bond and his Vanquish car. Please stay in the reality, the camera method belongs in fantasy and is actually near impossible to carry out in real life.

  29. Anonymous says:

    All u people are dumb. its just on the cloak and the person iz positioned perfectly

  30. Anonymous says:

    valeriesaid i don’t belive it it’s a lie

  31. ginny weasley says:

    its magic! like harry’s invisibility cloak!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Some of you are so stupid! This is real. Whoever says this is fake is a total IDIOT!!! You can’t see the guys head because the cloak is rinkled in that area.

  33. Scottster says:

    If it’s a projector then why are their faces normall?


  34. Anonymous says:

    if it is a projector why cant u see the guy on the bike through the jacket

    p.s im smart for a 12 year old

  35. John says:

    hey anyone know where can i buy it?

  36. allan says:

    wow seriously? the coat has a special property to it people. this allows it to work with a projected image which is only visible at a certain angle in line with the projector. everyone else just sees a white coat.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I believe this. The Japanese are really high-tech and modern. It’s all real. No projections. I have to get my hands on one. ;]

  38. Pembo says:

    ” Anonymous

    I am amazed with the technology used to design this suit. I think TOM is right, you SHOULD do your research before you critisize ANYTHING!!!

    ***(you guys have bad spelling and grammer issuses!!!)***

    Grammar has an ‘a’

    P.S.-This technology is very real and is being tested and devloped by the US military as well.

  39. Lily says:

    Ok. Ben Dover: The head isn’t invisible because the material isn’t on his head. That picture is a old on any way. That picture is from 2003 anyway so don’t call us dumb when clearly we aren’t.

  40. 795r says:

    this is real i know it its one of a kind so shut it

  41. no one says:

    lol i saw sometin like this on GI joe and to whever thought this was majic U R A DUMBASS people who dont thinck its real might be wrong but there is no way in hell its majic

  42. idk says:

    Ok look at the second pic to the left of the screen there is sum1 on a bike if it was really a cloaking jacket u would c the person on the arm but u dont so so sssoooo fake

  43. keira says:

    so how arar you

  44. keira says:


  45. Hannah says:

    Wow this is pretty cool

  46. Grace says:

    Like Harry potter ;)

  47. unknown says:

    Are they real ghosts? lol. Nice illusion, though.

  48. Sammy says:

    nice but ur coat is just painted

  49. no one says:

    wow, amazing. this is going to freak out innocent by passers.

  50. Blah says:

    If you look at the sleeves of the second picture, it’s quite obvious it’s painted. Great illusion though!

    Third comment :D

    • Victoria says:

      I looked through the sleeves—
      And I didn’t see any evidence that the cloak was painted. Look it up, do some freaking research before you comment.

  51. Richard says:

    for all of you who think it’s ‘fake’ (read: painted). It actually is NOT.
    I had a look and found an article that explains perfectly how this principle works:
    This is take from the article and shows you how it works:

  52. Zeb says:

    Lame,I have one of those jackets too.
    Just kidding it looks great, it sorta reminds me of a green screen, but compleetly differnt.

  53. Gary says:

    if the video is still showing go to you tube and type in Invisible soldier caught on tape in iraq its that or an alien?

  54. Sybil says:

    Does he often carry himself in this manner?

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