Invisibility Cloak: What for art thou?

August 18 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future
Category: Social Issues   Year: General   Rating: 5

Just about everyone at some point in their lives (mostly childhood) has desired to possess a Harry Potter style invisibility cloak. The boundaries would have been limitless. No candy store would have been safe, no locker room unwatched, and no secret whisperings left unheard. Our infatuation with invisibility has gotten so intense that researchers are working nonstop to try and perfect an invisibility cloak for who knows what market. The military? The budding private eye? What could we possibly use them for?

The civilian applications of such a device all seem to have nefarious agendas. Think about it — What would you do with an invisibility cloak? Would you follow your kids to school? Sneak out to get the mail in your birthday suit? Like a t-shirt with the slogan “I just do what the voices tell me,” the novelty would soon wear off. There just isn’t any reason why the average person should have an invisibility cloak.

What about the military? Invisibility cloaks could come in handy for all sorts of missions and tactical situations. Someone invisible can get a lot closer to a target and disappear a lot quicker than someone without.

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Halloween Costumes You Might Be Wearing in Ten Years

October 31 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2015   Rating: 4 Hot

Bionic Exoskeletons? OLED Haunted Houses? Holographic Masks? Check out some of the Halloween costumes we have in store for us ten years down the road. And while that Ninja Turtle costume you wear every year is still pretty sweet, the best costumes really are the ones that incorporate the latest technology into their design.

Happy Halloween everybody.

Holographic Mask

Looking to make people literally crap their pants? The Hologram Necklace allows users to pick pre-programmed faces which are projected around their faces. An easy on/off switch means you won’t have to worry about walking around blind and since the code is open source you could theoretically make your own custom mask. While current holographic technology is limited to areas that involve multiple mirrors, by 2015 a portable one is more than likely.

Invisible Cloak

I’ve talked before about the idea of having regular consumers buying invisibility cloaks and how they could only lead to mischief. Well, that’s what Halloween is for, causing havoc. Besides scaring the Hell out of people, you could steal candy, TP a house, even gradually pick off a group of kids one by one (that sounded creepy). But be careful, remember you’re invisible because moving vehicles won’t see you.

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