A Maple Ridge company that claims to have invented an “invisibility cloak” has applied for four patents for its high-tech no-visibility gear.
Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. said that the four applications relate to its Quantum Stealth light-bending material, also known as the Invisibility Cloak.
That technology was announced in 2011, drawing widespread media attention.
One patent application is for the light-bending material, which bends ultraviolet, infrared, and visible light rays to make an object invisible.
The material is paper thin, needs no power source and “can hide a person, a vehicle, a ship, spacecraft and buildings.”
The other applications are for a solar power amplifier, a display system that can produce holographic images, and a laser system.
CEO Guy Cramer said Wednesday that the material is not ready to be commercialized yet, “as we only have crude prototypes. The manufactured versions will be better and clearer then those seen in the videos.”
Hyperstealth developed the light-bending technology after developing digital patterns for uniforms since adopted by the Jordanian military and was under consideration by the U.S. Army.
The product was demonstrated to Canadian military officials in Ottawa as well, but no contract was signed.
“I am still baffled by the lack of movement, particularity by the U.S. military, as this inexpensive material renders almost every optical advantage they now have as obsolete: visible, ultraviolet, near infrared, short-wave infrared and thermal,” Cramer said on the company’s website.
“Why would the U.S. give up a huge advantage and potentially place themselves at a disadvantage?”
He said he has been careful about letting the technology get into the wrong hands. He now wants to protect the inventions via patents, thought that will also open up the product to commercialization.