Some days you may not like to look at yourself in the mirror. You feel really uncomfortable at the latest when other people get to see you. This can make some people want to simply make themselves invisible. Unrealistic nonsense from science fiction or magic films? A young startup now wants to prove the opposite with its camouflage shield. The great thing about it: it’s supposed to cost just 59 euros.
British startup revolutionizes the world of technology
Behind hidden doors, military technicians are certainly developing partly abstruse things. Incidentally, these include camouflage techniques that are intended to make large vehicles in particular, but also foot soldiers, invisible. Since the whole thing is not only unavailable to ordinary consumers, but also unaffordable, the British startup Invisibility Shield Co. has now set itself the task of launching a camouflage shield for everyone. The first models are to be delivered as early as December of this year. A price starting at 59 euros really sounds like a bargain.
But how does the whole thing work? On Kickstarter, where the startup launched its project, you can see what plans the Brits have. They would like to have already produced a total of 25 camouflage shields. The young team has taken these directly to hand in order to take meaningful pictures. Various pictures and videos show that the shields really do what the startup promises. Despite somewhat milky optics that reveal that it is a foreign object, the person behind it really disappears completely.
Even the low price suggests that the camouflage shield is not expensive high-end technology, such as would be used in military circles. Instead, the British startup makes use of simple physical laws. In particular, the angle of incidence of the light plays a major role. The light shining onto the disc is reflected horizontally.
This is to make sure that you can’t see people who are immediately behind the cloaking shield. Instead of that, only those things can be seen which are at a slightly further distance from the cloaking shield. The big advantage of this is that the shield does not require a power supply. In contrast, high-end models, for example, rely on a combination of many mini-screens that reflect an image recorded by attached cameras. This may be more accurate, but it is also incredibly expensive to produce and unobtainable for ordinary people.
Application areas still need to be found
If you take a look at the page of the Kickstarter project, you can’t really tell yet which fields of application the creators of the camouflage shield had in mind when they designed it. After all, all you can see here is that it works. You might get a little more clarity if you take a look at the dimensions of the camouflage shield. There are two different sizes to choose from. In addition to the small version, which measures 31 cm x 21 cm, there is also a larger version measuring 95 cm x 65 cm. In terms of price, there are significant differences between the two versions.
While the small one is available at a price of 59 euros plus 3 euros shipping, the large camouflage shield costs 358 euros plus 35 euros shipping. We can imagine that the shields could provide more privacy in co-working spaces, for example. We can also imagine the camouflage shields being used in public restrooms. It is clear that the success of the campaign will depend on demand. However, the project seems to be well received. After all, Invisibility Shield Co. was able to collect a whopping 80,000 euros in the meantime. With a target of just 6,000 euros, that is quite remarkable.