At a US tech conference, a scientist unveiled a small ‘invisibility cloak’ that causes objects behind it to mysteriously ‘disappear’ – similar to the magic garment worn by Harry Potter at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The device more closely resembles a small box than a cloak, but makes objects behind it appear to completely vanish. Using science to bend light around an object, the inventor found a way to conceal items placed behind his device.
Dr. Baile Zhang, an assistant professor of physics at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, unveiled his invention at a TED conference in Long Beach, Calif, where he explained that he constructed the invisibility machine “just for fun” after coming up with the idea in 2010.
But his hobby quickly became known as a technological breakthrough: what the 31-year-old electrical engineer constructed for ‘fun’ has instilled excitement among those hoping that the technology can be used to create a life-sized invisibility cloak.
“Some guy invented an invisibility cloak… Harry Potter is finally coming true,” wrote Twitter user @MarissaaRussell.