Quantum Stealth material designed to make target invisible

Dec 16, 2012 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org)—Scientists are exploring better methods of camouflage, a so-called scientific invisibility cloak, and news has spread fast about a Canadian company with substantial claims on how far they have come with camouflage technology. The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology, has developed Quantum Stealth camouflage material, which renders its wearers invisible by bending light waves around them. Their work has obvious implications for the defense industry. How can the enemy hit targets they cannot see or defend themselves from attackers who are invisible? Theoretically, any soldier could put on the material and get it working with no power source required.

Defense scenarios in which Quantum Stealth could be used include a combatant in enemy territory but is safe as invisible; the fighter decked out with the super material is capable of confusing an enemy fighter with no clue as to location. The material removes thermal signatures.

Guy Cramer, the of HyperStealth , said that pictures on his website page do not show the real technology but instead were mockups to show the media the concept. He said he did not wish to show actual photos, which could be analyzed.

"This is mock-up of our 'Quantum Stealth' (Light Bending) material with my assistant behind it. No cameras and no projectors are used. These photos are to show the Media the concept, for we can not show the actual technology. With the real material you would only see about 5% of the shadow on her and the ground as we've determined a 95% reduction of shadow in testing." Many comment-makers to sites reporting on the material said they had a difficult time accepting the claims of invisibility. As one comment responder said, "I'll believe it when I don't see it." Sebastian Anthony of ExtremeTech offered this assessment:

"In theory, Quantum Stealth works by bending light around the target, and Cramer certainly uses the right words to support his case—nanotechnology, metamaterials." Anthony commented that it is not impossible, "but it's improbable. I want to say that there's a clue in the name—that Quantum Stealth somehow uses some neat glitch in quantum mechanics to provide invisibility—but really,"

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Cramer nonetheless has made presentations of Quantum Stealth to military personnel and according to his report on his site: "Two separate command groups within the U.S. Military and two separate Canadian Military groups as well as Federal Emergency Response Team (Counter Terrorism) have seen the actual material so they could verify that I was not just manipulating video or photo results," Cramer said.

"Groups now know that it works and does so without cameras, batteries, lights or mirrors... It is lightweight and quite inexpensive. Both the U.S. and Canadian military have confirmed that it also works against military infra-red scopes and thermal optics," he said. Cramer has announced the Quantum Stealth material as "light-bending material," which is "non-powered adaptive camouflage that portrays what is behind the user in-front of the user bending the light around the target."

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More information: www.hyperstealth.com/Quantum-Stealth/index.html

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flashgordon
2.9 / 5 (8) Dec 16, 2012
Just remember everyone is wonderfull and all faiths are correct;
ValeriaT
2.8 / 5 (4) Dec 16, 2012
The invisible cloaks are based on metamaterials which can be found in Nature quite often as a photonic mirrors (moth wings), reflective coatings for attraction of mates and similar stuffs. For example, golden tortoise beetle is using switchable photonic mirrors, which is technology, which wasn't developed so far. IMO if the invisible cloak could really work at the macroscopic scale, then some organisms would use it as a mimicry already.
baudrunner
2.7 / 5 (10) Dec 16, 2012
And it's not American so it can't be true? Really, people. The Canadarm isn't a token piece of space-age technology just to get Canada's name on the map. it's a very sophisticated example of engineering design, and occupies a very necessary niche in the running of the IS. This is the real thing, folks. Canada has what America wants. And we do it without guns!
Feldagast
3.6 / 5 (9) Dec 16, 2012
Only showing static prepared shots, looks like fakery to me, show it in action.
Lurker2358
Dec 16, 2012
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Mayday
3.9 / 5 (7) Dec 16, 2012
I'll know it's true if we never hear of it again.
Manitou
4.5 / 5 (2) Dec 16, 2012
In other words, the stealth is so easy to counter that real videos cannot be shown. It will be effective only a few weeks, if it even works at all, until the enemy figures it out.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (3) Dec 16, 2012
Only showing static prepared shots, looks like fakery to me, show it in action.

Unless they have had some amazing breakthought I'd agree that this looks fake. AFAIK metamaterials work only for very narrow frequencies and this seems to suggest that it works accross the entire optic spectrum.
VendicarD
4.2 / 5 (10) Dec 16, 2012
This technology will be just stealthy enough to fleece some investors of their bank accounts.
phorbin
5 / 5 (10) Dec 16, 2012
Cue the flour bombs.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (16) Dec 16, 2012
The picture is NOT showing the actual invisibility material. I believe that it's further proof that E.T. is working with human scientists and providing them with UFO spacecraft stealth technology, which explains somewhat how their spacecraft can be hidden in plain sight and fly in our air space without being seen while showing up on radar screens, until they either want to be seen, OR accidentally forget to turn their invisibility device on again.

Having seen 2 UFOs on 2 separate occasions, also corroborated by Telekinetic's account of HIS sighting, and the fact that millions of other people having UFO sightings each year, I'm not surprised that scientists would seek that technology.
It is perfect for military applications.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (8) Dec 16, 2012
The invisible cloaks are based on metamaterials which can be found in Nature quite often as a photonic mirrors (moth wings), reflective coatings for attraction of mates and similar stuffs. For example, golden tortoise beetle is using switchable photonic mirrors, which is technology, which wasn't developed so far. IMO if the invisible cloak could really work at the macroscopic scale, then some organisms would use it as a mimicry already.
-ValeriaT

Octopus, squid, and certain other sea animals also use chemicals their bodies manufacture to change their coloring and patterns to mimic their environment when predators are threatening...so it's definitely seen in Nature also.

I would like to see this continued to find out what the metamaterials are they are using...and their methods.
dougie_fresh_007
5 / 5 (1) Dec 16, 2012
[ also potentially laser-proof (or laser resistant)?!



im fairtly certain it still has a max temp that it can withstand ...
ValeriaT
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 16, 2012
so it's definitely seen in Nature also
It's not the example of cloak technology, as the path of light isn't changed during it.
FrankHerbert
2.4 / 5 (9) Dec 16, 2012
I would like to see this continued to find out what the metamaterials are they are using...and their methods.


Lmao, you obviously don't know what a metamaterial is. I forget who mentioned it, but yes you definitely use words like toys you child.

Report this fool. He has no place bringing up something as stupid as UFOs in this topic.
dav_daddy
2 / 5 (4) Dec 16, 2012
I'd like to know if it works only on a stationary object or if you can move and remain hidden? IIRC the main drawback to the cloaks that hide you from other wavelengths was that they only worked from certain angles.
Phil DePayne
2 / 5 (4) Dec 16, 2012
Imagine the possible civilian applications!

[Cue Evil Scientist laugh]

Hahahahahaha
InterestedAmateur
5 / 5 (7) Dec 16, 2012
Apparently we have verified ET's here on PhysOrg!
The level of "scientific commentary" on PysOrg has hit a new low and believe me given the quality of late that took some effort.

Made a change from Creationists though I have to admit.

Looking forward to the New Year (Mayans may be excused) to see what new set of nut jobs emerge to provide the entertainment.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (11) Dec 16, 2012
I would like to see this continued to find out what the metamaterials are they are using...and their methods.


Lmao, you obviously don't know what a metamaterial is. I forget who mentioned it, but yes you definitely use words like toys you child.

Report this fool. He has no place bringing up something as stupid as UFOs in this topic.
-FrankHerbutt

And you know this....how?

For the record, UFOs do exist and they are and have been visiting Earth...which is why I mentioned that their technology for cloaking may have been passed on to our scientists.
If you don't wish to believe it, then don't. Your beliefs are not my problem.
obama_socks
1.4 / 5 (11) Dec 16, 2012
LMAO....at least my UFO sightings are more believable than FrankHerbert's belief that he has seen transparent glass-headed 900 foot Martians that he brings up in so many threads. Ridiculous.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (8) Dec 16, 2012
so it's definitely seen in Nature also
It's not the example of cloak technology, as the path of light isn't changed during it.
-ValeriaT

There are probably many different configurations and hundreds of possible materials. In any case, I would like to see this progress further.
FrankHerbert
2.5 / 5 (11) Dec 16, 2012
Strom Thurmond wasn't a racist since he fathered a child when he was 22 with a 16 yr old Negro maid who worked for his family. He met his daughter in 1941 and paid for her education.
-obama_socks
http://phys.org/n...firstCmt

See the kind of irrelevant crap this moron spews around this website? Report him everytime he posts.
robbor
1 / 5 (2) Dec 17, 2012
something more to complicate our lives
VendicarD
2 / 5 (4) Dec 17, 2012
This technology will be just stealthy enough to fleece some investors of their bank accounts.
Sinister1811
1 / 5 (5) Dec 17, 2012
That is just freakin awesome.
Fleetfoot
5 / 5 (2) Dec 17, 2012
The invisible cloaks are based on metamaterials which can be found in Nature quite often as a photonic mirrors (moth wings), reflective coatings ..


This material is not reflective, it allows the background to be seen so it effectively makes the user perfectly transparent.
Alexander Riccio
5 / 5 (2) Dec 17, 2012
Only showing static prepared shots, looks like fakery to me, show it in action.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!??!? It's right there! In the center of the picture! How can you not see it!
Technophebe
5 / 5 (3) Dec 17, 2012
"Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth Biotechnology, said that pictures on his website page do not show the real technology"

This is not a story. Give me half an hour in a print shop and I could produce sheets of paper with pictures of grass on too.
scott_y
3 / 5 (2) Dec 17, 2012
UFO = Unidentified Flying Object. Of course they exist. They just do not contain extra terrestrial life forms. This whole thing looks like a propaganda engine. Is anyone else here a qualified Physicist, or is this page just for God botherers, conspiracists, the intellectually challenged and other garden variety nut jobs?
0n1d
1 / 5 (1) Dec 17, 2012
Imagine future wars with this tech.. Kinda boring , don't u think ? xD..If this is true than I am amazed what human minds are capable of doing with just a little effort .. Good luck to all of us :D..
GarO
not rated yet Dec 19, 2012
If this is real why are they publishing it on the internet? I'd think they'd want to keep it secret until word got out by the military using it.
VendicarD
not rated yet Dec 22, 2012
This technology will be just stealthy enough to fleece some investors of their bank accounts.
dav_daddy
1 / 5 (2) Dec 22, 2012
If this is real why are they publishing it on the internet? I'd think they'd want to keep it secret until word got out by the military using it.


Agreed, I fail to see the point of this press release if they are not looking for investors, or customers? If neither of those happens to be the case all this would accomplish is to get others to start researching this and/or make themselves a target for espionage corporate or otherwise.
originating
1 / 5 (1) Dec 22, 2012
I dont know but this seems to me troll even i think invisiblity cloat is very possible.
Bob Love
not rated yet Jan 07, 2013
If the material is in sheet form like shown in the mockups then why can we not see the girl through the sheet when she is holding it up? She doesn't appear to be wearing any special clothing. On the grass photo you can see her bare arm and just as it passes under the cloak, bam, the rest is invisible! Why does the light decide to bend around her as well? It just doesn't make any sense!

I understand the photos are not real, but if they are suppose to demonstrate how the material works then I would like to know how the material can bend light around a person simply by them holding it out in front of them.
dougie_fresh_007
not rated yet Feb 01, 2013
If the material is in sheet form like shown in the mockups then why can we not see the girl through the sheet when she is holding it up? She doesn't appear to be wearing any special clothing. On the grass photo you can see her bare arm and just as it passes under the cloak, bam, the rest is invisible! Why does the light decide to bend around her as well? It just doesn't make any sense!

I understand the photos are not real, but if they are suppose to demonstrate how the material works then I would like to know how the material can bend light around a person simply by them holding it out in front of them.

please read their site all your questions get answered
dev2000
1 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2013
at this point this doesnt belong on physorg rather a photoshop image editing site

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