The United States military is reportedly backing a Canadian company's development of a material that can render soldiers invisible, according to news reports. Maple Ridge, B.C.-based Hyperstealth Biotechnology has developed "Quantum Stealth," a type of camouflage that bends light around the wearer or an object to create the illusion of invisibility. President and CEO Guy Cramer likened the new technology to Harry Potter's invisibility cloak during a recent CNN appearance, and described its ability to easily and effectively hide a soldier in different environments.
"Unless you walked right into them, you wouldn't know that they were there," Cramer said. The material doesn't require batteries, projectors or cameras. It is also inexpensive and lightweight, according to Hyperstealth's website.
For security reasons, the company will not provide public demonstrations, only mockup photos. But Canadian military groups and the U.S. Federal Emergency Response Team have seen the technology and can back up his claims. Cramer described the material's incredible value to soldiers who carry out operations during the day, or those who are trying to evade their enemy, the Daily Mail reported. Beyond that, the technology could have use on a larger scale, on submarines, tanks or aircrafts.