Good News for depressed Muggles still waiting on their Hogwarts letter
By Victoria Saule
DIY Invisibility cloaks may become a reality for those that missed out on Hogwarts.
A muggle spin-off of Harry Potter’s famous invisibility cloak has just been created by the University of Rochester using just four inexpensive lenses.
Legitimate wizards and witches, you have nothing to fear; The University’s guide to creating this cloaking device involves equations that are basically undecipherable to the average person.
If Potter’s cloak was the equivalent of the newest Macbook, this “cloaking” device would be an archaic Typewriter, as objects are only made invisible when placed directly in front of the lenses.
"From what, we know this is the first cloaking device that provides three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking," said Joseph Choi, a graduate student of the New York University that contributed to the project.
Researchers have so far tested the device with a hand, face and ruler; which were completely hidden when placed in front of the lenses without any distortion to the space behind each object.
Previous attempts at creating a similar device used expensive resources and left objects visible from certain angles.
Rochester University’s “cloak” was created using only $1140, and it’s DIY guide suggests it can be re-created for around $100.
“I imagine this could be used to cloak a trailer on the back of a semi-truck so the driver can see directly behind him….It can be used for surgery, in the military, in interior design, art,” said Choi.