Researchers at the University of Dallas have created an “invisibility cloak” using carbon nanotubes. The concept behind this intriguing idea was actually inspired by the phenomenon of a mirage.
In a mirage, extreme temperature changes over a short distance cause light waves to be reflected in your field of vision, creating the illusion of an object that isn’t really there. The researchers used sheets of carbon nanotubes to simulate this change, essentially creating an invisibility cloak with an instant “On/Off” switch.
This cloaking device currently works best when underwater, though it’s really interesting to see an object “disappear” at the flick of a switch. Check the source link for the full video demonstration, as well as a more detailed explanation of the science behind this research.