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Wild ‘Invisibility Shield’ Makes You Disappear in Plain Sight

By Adriana Diaz | Tue, April 2, 2024 | 2 min read

Imagine stepping into a world where invisibility isn't just a magical concept from books and movies. The British start-up, Invisibility Shield Co., has turned science fiction into reality with their latest creation: the 6-foot-tall "Megashield."

The Megashield: A Cloak of Invisibility

The Megashield, priced at $828, is no illusion. It's a tangible shield that can render multiple people invisible, reminiscent of scenes straight out of a "Harry Potter" film.

How Does It Work?

The secret lies in ultra-large, precision-engineered lens arrays that form the face of each shield. These lenses redirect light reflecting off the person behind the shield away from the observer. Background light from either side of the shield then spreads over the apparatus' face, effectively making whatever is behind it vanish in plain sight.

However, perfection isn't the goal. The technology creates a blurred block, but it's a remarkable step forward.

Features and Fun

Each Megashield unit is fully waterproof, requires no power, and is constructed from 100% recyclable materials. But beyond functionality, these shields are pure fun. Designer Tristan Thompson says, "The possibilities are endless. They're exciting for us to make and even more exciting to play around with."

From Kickstarter to Reality

Invisibility Shield Co. first introduced its product in 2022, offering a 3-foot-tall shield for $354 and a smaller 8-inch version for $54. Their Kickstarter campaign aimed to turn science fiction into reality, and they exceeded their goal. Now, four years later, they've unveiled the updated Megashield, capable of hiding multiple people, standing on its own, and packing down to a mere 2.3 inches of thickness. It's an invisibility shield you can roll up and sling over your shoulder, ready to disappear wherever you go.

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