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Friday, February 07, 2003

Engage Cloak

In the Corner, Jonah Goldberg asks How cool is this?

Well, pretty cool, but not as cool as it seems. Several weeks ago, one of my colleagues in Sydney sent around a notice about this technology, which included some movies. He got them from this site, where there are very interesting movies (two new since I last looked).

As far as I can tell, this is kind of like movie blue screen technology: you have some sort of screen onto which you can project a background, and the actors run around in front of it. In this case, though, the actors are wearing the screen. You have to have a camera to record the background, and a projector to project it onto them. I don't see how surgeons (as mentioned in the Ananova story) would see what they're doing in real time behind their fingers---at best they'd see what the area looked like before they started work.

So, sorry, no cloaking devices yet.