Yes the future is coming at us quickly! And what’s future without invisibility? Earlier this week, scientists at Berkeley cloaked a 3D object by redirecting light around it, and are one step closer to invisibility cloaks. It’s about time.
A scientist in a July CNN article discussing the future of invisibility claimed that at this stage “clumps of dust particles” would be better candidates for such cloaks than trucks… .. However uncertain the future of invisibility may be, there are clearly looming military applications (the Berkeley study was funded in part by our friends at the US Army Research Office). Historically, there has been a ton of human factors work in the development of military technology because of the big budgets and life-or-death consequences involved. Well I’ll say it now (for the record): whatever great human factors research lies ahead in the realm of invisibility, I want to be in on it. I guess we’ll have to see.