Whether the current obsession with obtaining invisibility is down to the success of the Harry Potter films, where the titular boy wizard sports an an invisibility cape, or perhaps is a reaction to the surveillance society we currently live in – the combination of Facebook and CCTV monitoring our every move – there seems to be a hunger to disappear.
The military have long seen the value in hiding and disguising their ‘assets’ from the enemy. At its most basic level camouflage has emerged as a technology of invisibility. The problem with painted camouflage however is that it is inflexible. The dream has been of managing to give vehicles a chameleon like ability to mock the appearance of their surroundings.
Given the secretive nature of defence research the progress that has no doubt been made in creating ‘invisibility cloaks’ for tanks and so forth has itself been shrouded in layers of mystery. The publicity departments of major automotive firms have no such qualms – hence the incredible video below:
Mercedes came up with this incredible stunt to promote the new fuel cell that they have developed. The LED technology sadly will not be making it to the showroom versions of this car – the super low emission power system will. No doubt they are hoping that this will make models bearing it popular in the highly competitive business car leasing sector, as lower emission vehicles qualify for a lower rate of company car tax.
There have been many different breeds of working dogs that have emerged over the years. Sheep dogs are well known, even to city living TV audiences thanks to the surprisingly compelling show ‘One Man & His Dog’. Greyhounds are respected animal athletes of course, and anyone who has been savaged by a police attack dog will attest to their dedication, tenacity and professionalism. One area where canines have traditionally been excluded however is the arts. Can you name one successful dog musician from the last decade? Well, this musical mutt has set out to break through the barriers of prejudice and species-based exclusion and show that man’s best friend can be a musical maestro!