Canadian-Made ‘Invisibility Shield’ Could Hide People, Spacecraft

from CTV News

It’s more likely to camouflage military troops than boy wizards, but a new Canadian prototype is perhaps the technology that comes closest to mimicking the fictional Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.

HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp’s invisibility shield, officially dubbed “Quantum Stealth,” is light-bending material that could be used to obscure objects of varying sizes.

“It can hide a person, a vehicle, a ship, spacecraft and buildings,” the company said in a news release earlier this month, suggesting that the patent-pending material is versatile and could be easily implemented. “There is no power source. It is paper-thin and inexpensive,” they wrote.

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13 Responses to Canadian-Made ‘Invisibility Shield’ Could Hide People, Spacecraft

  1. Kevin Orcutt November 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

    This “invisibility” shield, made by a Canadian company, is a true look into the future to what we can be expecting. All generations have seen things in movies and television shows that they deemed only fiction. An example of this back in my parent’s times of the 50’s and 60’s, something they thought would never be possible was the watch telephone that they always saw on television. For my generation of the early 2000’s, that is the invisibility cloak in Harry Potter that the video talked about. For being an early prototype of something they like to call “quantum stealth technology,” this is definitely a scientific feat. Not only does the company show results of it truly making objects disappear, they also show how it protects against infrared and ultraviolet cameras that can sense heat signatures. This is all done through the way the material bends the light around itself. The Canadian company also says that this material is incredibly inexpensive and would be able to be used on a wide range of applications from trying to hide small, to large objects.
    I think the first thing that I thought of when I read this article was the military application to the product. Countries spend outrageous amounts of money to invest in technology that makes them undetectable and better protected than their opponents in case of war. This type of technology would make warfare even scarier than it is for the simple fact that in the near future it is going to be very hard to even see you are under imminent attack. This application on airplanes alone that fly higher than normal for surveillance to be undetected by radar, could now make them undetectable by sight as well. With any type of technology like this, however, always comes technology that can get around it. Just like the constant fight between radar guns that cops use and the radar detectors that civilians use to detect them, there will definitely be technology soon that can get past this new quantum stealth technology. Technology will never stop growing and it is exciting in areas like this, but hopefully they are not used for bad and taken out of control.

  2. Joe Antonucci November 8, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

    The Invisible Canadians are coming!

    Seeing used to be believing but now we cannot even rely on our own EYEBALLS to tell us what is real and what is not.

    The popularization of ‘deepfakes’ posed a problem in this regard (videos that could seemingly depict a person saying something they never actually said), but this is much worse. Now, you can be tricked into believing something you saw in the physical world was real. As with all technological tools, this can be used for good things, but what if a nefarious actor got their hands on something like this?

    This case is different; the purpose of this tool was to deceive, to hide, to obfuscate. There is not a lot of morally sound things that can come from deception.

    I have no doubt in my mind that other governments have this technology readily available, and probably developed it a decade ago. Governments around the world have much to gain from hiding things. I know this to be true as a resident of the U.S., I am fully aware of my country’s history. Though comprised of good people, the government has always been dishonest (as with most other nations). This is why the development of new, deceptive technology is concerning to me.

    In 1963, the U.S. Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up a plan called Operation Northwoods. The goal was to attack civilian targets in the U.S. and blame Cuba, with the goal of galvanizing the public to favor a war with Cuba [1]. If not for JFK, the plan would have been carried out.

    The government of the U.S. has also developed mind control techniques via MK ULTRA, a CIA
    operation which involved unsuspecting people being subjected to strange experiments [2].\

    How is all of this related? It shows that people in positions of power sometimes feel it necessary to lie and deceive those people it is supposed to protect. The examples given above (Northwoods and MK ULTRA) clearly demonstrate that deceptive tactics were used in the past. We only know about these things due to declassifications, otherwise we never would have even known. The development of new tech like this makes their job easier, and, even worse, it makes uncovering these malicious actions much more difficult. After all, if no one was capable of seeing anything, how can the word spread?

    [1] https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf
    [2] https://www.history.com/topics/us-government/history-of-mk-ultra

  3. nicole shubaderov November 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    When I used to watch superhero movies, I always thought the idea of being “invisible” was pretty cool. Just the thought of being able to walk around the world without any form of judgment or interference from other people sounds pleasant. But, with the new concept of an “invisibility shield” our world might just get a little scarier. The issue with this is that what our eyes can see is due to light reacting with the ocular system. That is why we see colors and the different figures that eventually form people, animals, trees, and objects. When light is manipulated, this may cause certain things to “disappear.” That is the purpose of this cloak. But, when their main intention for creating this shield is for military use, there is no doubt in my mind that people will create their own methods of creating this invisibility shield to participate in criminal activities or other mischiefs. If cameras cannot record people, then who did the crime? In the example of the Baltimore article for plane surveillance, if people cloak their cars from the roof, how will the cameras notice them then? If people wear the shield on themselves, how can cameras catch them in a jewelry store or a bank? And even if I was to talk about the military, we already have enough issues with countries fighting against each other. Now that there will be clothing that may cause soldiers to perceive their surroundings without any people, weapons or machinery, this will change the game and possibly lead to more infiltrations, spies and war activity that could bring on World War 3 or something more dangerous. They could eventually make weapons invisible, planes invisible and submarines and boats invisible. This will change the entire warfare system people have used for decades and will make it more dangerous for everyday people to live their lives.

    Something I thought about when I read the article was the safety of the world. If warfare does occur, how would we be able to monitor these things? If they are naked to the eye or through the camera lens, wouldn’t terrorism be much easier? Couldn’t attacks like 9/11 occur without us even knowing that a plane was flying through the sky into a building? These things need to be thought through before researchers make such things. Although it is cool that we can now be Harry Potter and use invisibility cloaks, do people even think about the repercussions it may have on society? No. And that is the issue that we have nowadays. People, especially researchers, will do everything in their power to advance technology. Most of the time they will not think through the benefits or the cons of the inventions. Getting famous and wealthy is great until it starts affecting society poorly and the entire world sues you and makes you compensate for the multitude of deaths in the world. This could be like Juul. People found it such a great alternative to smoking. Teenagers found it to be a cool thing even though it clearly contained a lot of chemicals in nicotine. Once people started dying that is when they realized it was a bad thing and then everyone sued the company and put blame on them. Corporations didn’t think things through, as well as people, which is why the eventual result occurred. The same goes for this invisibility shield. The researchers who made this would love publicity and the ability to make billions off of this, but, whether or not the end result will lead to many wars and criminal activities with deaths, is a huge possibility in the end. Therefore, my overall opinion is fear.

    I fear the future with such tools, and I do not want them to be introduced into society because our world will become a very dangerous place if this shield works to the standard that they hoped it would. Corporations need to understand what they are wagering. Their pursuit of profit is leading them to give up the level of safety the people in this world have. Once their safety diminishes, the world will become hostile and scary. Throughout this course, I have noticed a lot of decisions being based on the benefit to society or the benefit to corporations. This is not right, and it is time that we stop focusing solely on the corporations’ profits and benefits to them because regular people will suffer. Once warfare and criminal activity start increasing exponentially, it will be on the companies to explain this and their money will do them no good if they become victims of their creation.

  4. Corinne Roonan November 11, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    This, of all of the articles I have read for blog posts, is the only one that truly shocks me. Invisibility is possible? At that, invisibility is inexpensive? What does this mean for the world? Honestly, I wish I knew. If invisibility is possible, camera security is going to become a thing of the past. On an even large scale, tensions between countries are going to become even more tense as a plane could fly over and drop a bomb without even being detected. Of course, the good thing is that motion sensitivity exists and can replace vision-based security systems. This is just weird, way weird, for lack of a better phraseology.
    The child in my soul can only think about the endless possibilities in tag, hide and seek, and other childlike games. Would this product ever be marketed as a toy for children? It would be successful if it was, but would parents be happy about that? Most likely not since their kid could just hide with their invisibility blanket when they have done something wrong.
    It would probably end up causing societal issues, though. If people could do things without being seen, there is no deterrent against doing them. Besides moral values, people will not be scared of shame or getting caught. This possibility paints a very scary picture of what could happen if this product was introduced publicly. Because it exists, though, and people know it exists, I have no doubt that people are going to try to replicate it. Most likely, someone will be successful in doing so.
    Should we be concerned about this existing? Probably. Is it really interesting to know that this kind of thing exists? Absolutely.

  5. Mikaela Battaglia November 11, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

    When I first read the title of this article and the first few sentences, it made me laugh in amazement. I think the possibilities for this cloak are very beneficial to our military and other allied militaries out there, and it surprised me that they had been pitching it since 2011 and it only now is picking up some traction. This could be a very powerful tool to use in certain aspects of war, and I think it would be foolish to ignore its capabilities. By being able to be hidden to certain things like thermal detection, that could allow our troops to move in without being seen (that is if thermal detection is being used by the enemy to track us). In general, I think that by having this cloak around is not a bad idea in the slightest.

    However, there are some things I thought of while reading about this. While it is not meant for the general public to use, strictly for military usage, there is always a possibility of a breach in shipment or it somehow ending up on the black market. Or, having other scientists figure out just how the material is made and sell it to the general public. However, I do not really see what I would actually do with a hidden cloak, other than feel like Harry Potter while wearing it. So while the release to the general public may not be as popular or sought after as one may think, it is the possibility of it becoming too mainstreamed and getting into the wrong hands that is important. If we enter into World War III any time soon, this exact thing could be used by our enemies to work against us when on the battlefield, if they gain access to it.

    I think the creation of this material shows just how amazing technology is and how it has enhanced and changed our lives forever. But it also brings to the surface the dangers of technology and its capabilities. While this invention is something that will change the way our military is able to operate and function, its abuse could lead to greater repercussions against us.

  6. Victoria Balka November 14, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

    This Canadian man’s invention of a product that can be used to make almost anything to become practically invisible can be both a good and band thing. As mentioned in this article, he is trying to make it so this material can become only available to the military, and military allies. If a product like this was going to be released onto the mass market, I believe it would cause many problems. With the ability to conceal a person alone, it would make criminals have an easer time doing illegal things and not being caught since they are hidden by this material. But also, I believe that this product if on the mass market, can lead to an increase of severe terrorist attacks like 9/11. With the ability to wrap this thing cheap material around a spacecraft, if someone were to hijack or have a plane with this material, they would be able to do a lot of damage and go unseen until their crime occurred. While on the other hand, the ability to appear invisible would help militaries because they would be able to easily sneak attack on their enemies or spy on them without being noticed. I believe that the inventor is making the right choice by trying to patent his product so that no one with bad intentions can use it.
    Unfortunately, while he can try to keep this product away from bad people, it would still likely be available on the black market for the people with bad intentions to get their hands on. Also, knowing that such a material can be made, rival countries may make their inventors work on creating a similar product for their personal use to make things invisible. But, the military use for this product would greatly benefit everyone. The cost of the material is low, and the impact the people will be able to make would be much larger. With all the money our military spends on weapons and other things, this low cost investment may help protect our soldiers better than the fancy weapons they have. This inventor showed that anything can be made, you just need to work hard enough and be determined to find out how to make it.

  7. Tyler Abline November 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

    It’s fascinating how fast technology is developing currently. The fact that we are talking about an invisibility cloak being a genuine possibility is absolutely astonishing. What strikes me as odd about this company is them saying they want to keep it out of the public’s hands and only give it to the military while also telling the public about it. If they don’t want the public to get a hold of it, it’s pretty stupid that they are even talking about this sort of stuff to news media. Guy Cramer (CEO of Hyperstealth) came off as either dis-genuine or foolish in my opinion. If he really wanted this technology to be used by Canadian allied military only he should not be disclosing this information to the public. Typically companies working with the military don’t disclose much (if anything) about what they are working on so for him to disclose this information to the media seems fishy. If the military is interested in using stealth technology common sense would dictate that they would want it to be kept a secret. I don’t understand what they have to gain by telling the public about this new technology while also saying that it is not for public use.

  8. Alexander Nowik November 15, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    As much as my inner sci-fi fanboy is squealing with joy over this invention, my cynical mind is quite scared of this. As the company states it will be for government use (military), and while this sounds like not a problem for the country of origin, Canada, it does raise major concerns for countries like the US or China (to say less of countries in the Middle East or dictatorships like North Korea). Warfare is already quite advanced which leads to maximum amount of casualties (usually on the losing side), especially in wars like those in Yemen, or Syria. A stealthy military weapon is concerning for some obvious reasons. But for me the domestic use of this is more concerning. If this were to be used for law enforcement, I have major concerns for liberty, as well as some of the discrimination problems being exacerbated. Another note would be that it’s strange this company is telling the public that they have the technology instead of just developing it secretly for the government. Hopefully with the knowledge of this tech, we will be able to nip it in the bud before it reaches Law enforcement (social pressure to not use it?)

  9. Javier Tovar November 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

    Watching Harry Potter as a young child, I always wished I could have his cloak of invisibility and use it in real life. I would use it for many things. A cloak of invisibility could be used for so many things, but if in the wrong hands, invisibility could cause chaos for the those who are acting in good faith. Of course, I always say that invisibility would never be a thing, so we have no worries. However, in this age of technology and innovation, invisibility is now something that is no longer a fantasy. HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp has created an invisibility shield called “Quantum Stealth”. “Quantum Stealth” is a light bending material that can be utilized to conceal objects of many different sizes. It can supposedly hide people, buildings, aircrafts, and ships. It also has no power source and is as thin as paper. Not only that but it is also super inexpensive. It retrieves light from the sides of the shield and then the light bends to the middle which creates the illusion that nothing is there. Now this technology in the wrong hands can be devastating to allied forces like the U.S. and Canada. Luckily the company has made clear that their biotechnology is not to be used or offered to the public. They also have applied for patent protection in order to keep this technology away from the wrong hands. However, I don’t think that is going to stop non-allied forces or criminals from catching up to us. Now, the patent and the offering the technology only to allied forces is great, but in today’ world others are for sure keeping a close eye on the technology. This is why I disagree with the company putting up promotional videos of the product. Anyone could look at the footage and begin to conduct their research in how to re-create it. All I see from this is a race to invisibility. Everyone is going to scramble to make the best invisibility technology; like a cold war. Technology has changed everything around including warfare, but this new technology is definitely a huge gamechanger in how we and our military look at warfare.

  10. Mia Ferrante November 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

    When I first saw the title of this article, I did not believe it could be true, so I had to give it a read. I never thought something like invisibility could be possible. Invisibility has been something that has seemed nearly impossible in the past. I’ve always seen it in sci-fi movies and TV shows used as a superpower, but it is now becoming a reality. The new invisibility shield is something that could improve our military’s technology in the long run. The fact that the shield has the ability to camouflage anything from people to buildings. Although developed in Canada, I would not be surprised if the United States either developed a technology very similar or used the exact blueprint as the original developed in Canada. One major concern is that at some point in the future non-allied countries will use it against our soldiers in war. Although it’s a little late, I think that this development should have stayed hidden from the public so non-allied countries have no way of knowing it even exists. Now that it has made its way to the internet, there is no way of keeping it a secret from anyone. As a civilian, if this technology is used for any reason besides military use it raises a concern for me. The invisibility technology was never been intended for public use and I, personally, would not like knowing people are watching me that I cannot see. However, I would not be surprised if this was incorporated as a security system in big cities like New York and Washington D.C. considering the high level of security that is already present. The technology is very straightforward, the material can bend light in a way that means only things very close or very far away can be seen. So, an object or person placed behind it at a certain distance will become invisible. My only concern is that it may get more difficult to keep things hidden from more than one wavelength of light at a time so before it is used by our military or security there should be zero flaws.

  11. Shamar K November 15, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    I am at a loss for words! But I have to write this blog post. The day has finally come where people can literally turn invisible. As a child I have always thought about the possibility of the powers that superheroes have to exist in real life. The Canadian company Hyper stealth Biotechnology have been able to create a material that can be used to make not only a person invisible but ships, tanks, and other vehicles and objects. For one, I fully understand why this material would not be used and marketed to the public for their free will use. Criminals will have a field day if this technology were to be commercialized and free to the public. Apparently the company says that the material was not hard to create and it is as thin as paper and is not the most complex substance ever. It is simply bending and manipulating light, color and the human eye. It almost seems gimmicky but at the end of the day it is used for only military purposes. This can cause a huge advantage for the military side that has this technology for obvious reasons. Billions of dollars are invested in technology by a nation that wants to have the upper hand on war. It is already hard enough for militaries to find and indicate aircrafts and sea vehicles but now their invisible! Also, they are immune to heat detection and other kinds of detections. The fact that this invention exists and that I am living in a world where a superhero power as illusive and far fetch as invisible is accessible.

  12. Ryan Geschickter November 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    After reading this article, it sounded like something from my childhood from Batman Beyond or drew when I was little. While I’m surprised and excited for this new technology to come about, I’m also very nervous for what the future holds with this technology. Invisibility is amazing and seems like a superpower and seems like a military type of project that is just getting released to the public now. The technology is amazing because it’s inexpensive and uses no power at all while doing its’ job making eco friendly and a work of genius. However, this new technology is concerning if the wrong hands learn on how to mimic the idea to a greater extent. If criminals got their hands on this new technology, there could be many more issues as they bring the threat of invisibility. Military could even get involved more with this technology meaning that this could advance warfare even further causing even more issues than there already are in the world. In my opinion, there needs to be a system put in place where the technology is simply for citizens with no criminal background in order to prevent this amazing new technology from falling into the wrong hands. While the technology gets improved and upgraded there will also be far more success than the first prototype that is just being released for the first time in society in the present. In addition, this new invisibility technology lays the foundation for even more projects in the future. Projects such as invisible cloaks, hats, shirts, and other accessories could very well be put into society in the not too distant future which is incredible. Years ago, invisibility seemed like something that only superheroes could have, or was just a thought of imagination because nobody thought that we would advance technologically as fast as we are now. As we continue to advance further technologically one could only wonder what the next new project or invention is going to be as there so many new ideas that are now possible. In my opinion, I’m excited for the future and what it holds as things that were ‘impossible’ are now becoming relevant and a corner stone for society.

  13. Nick L November 20, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    Very interesting to read about what the future could look like, even though we might be able to see the future. This is very cool to think that things we see in science-fiction movies could come to real life. Part of why them call them “sci-fi” movies is because you get a chance to see out of this world magic and realism that are put on a movie screen. Could they still be called sci-fi movies if it is now coming to life? First, Nike made the self lacing shoes from Back to the future. Now we are seeing the invisibility cloak from Harry Potter come to life. I thought it was very interesting to see how it still looked like a blur moving like something was actually there like in the movie.
    My first thought is how the military could use this device to cover up military bases. They could use this device to cover weaponry from Satellites. This is an especially good tactic in defense while in another country. My second thought goes into the ethical concerns of everyday life. Easily being manipulated into small things like shoplifting or stealing a ticket into the subway. These are small ethical issues but I can only imagine what else there could be.
    The maker of the product says it wants to keep it out of the hands of the public. The article says it will be made for military use only. If they did not have the intentions to have the public know about it, why would they post a video about it? This is where I am skeptical about the device and their intentions. This would also be a device where the government would have to get involved for regulations, or if they would allow it to come to market. I do not think it would be a good idea for the FTC to allow the company to produce these.
    As far as the product goes, the company says it was not hard to produce. The materials used were not hard to create and it is as thin as paper. The craziest part might be that it does not use any source of power to use the device. It might not be stopping someone with a science background to create this. I think it would be used for more bad than good in the end which reaffirms why it should not be brought into market.

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