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http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/37720/?p1=A2
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A new printing method makes it possible to produce large sheets of metamaterials, a new class of materials designed to interact with light in ways no natural materials can. For several years, researchers working on these materials have promised invisibility cloaks, ultrahigh-resolution "superlenses," and other exotic optical devices straight from the pages of science fiction. But the materials were confined to small lab demonstrations because there was no way to make them in large enough quantities to demonstrate a practical device.

"Everyone has, perhaps conveniently, been in the position of not being able to make enough [metamaterial] to do anything with it," says John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who developed the new printing method. Metamaterials that interact with visible light have previously not been made in pieces larger than hundreds of micrometers.
These are my guys up at U Of I.
Much respect, we're now even closer to fulfilling our childhood fantasies.

All we need now are X-Ray specs.
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This is very cool news. Very cool.
    
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Woot Woot reppin UofI! I actually have a friend in his lab O.O
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Metamaterials are so weird...
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Nice...!
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sweet So we gonna have Future Soldier for real right XD ?
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post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post


http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/37720/?p1=A2


These are my guys up at U Of I.
Much respect, we're now even closer to fulfilling our childhood fantasies.

All we need now are X-Ray specs.
Don't care about seeing peoples bones. Seeing through walls however....
post #9 of 24
Very promising.
post #10 of 24
Fairly certain this is what Cave Johnson would have to say:

"What we're gonna do here is put you through this special printer. It will coat your entire exterior with a wearable metamaterial that will refract light. Essentially you'll be invisibile to the naked eye....which i suppose is a good thing, considering you'll be naked when we put you into the printer... Just do us a favor and don't do ANY lunges prior to the print-process and everything should be ok."

More on-topic, this looks pretty cool. Wonder if the military will pick this up?
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