Personal invisibility shield that you can buy, starting at $69

In a world where the boundaries between science fiction and reality blur, the Invisibility Shield 2.0 emerges as a fascinating piece of technology that offers a glimpse into what was once deemed impossible: personal invisibility. This device, recently introduced on Kickstarter by the London-based Invisibility Shield Co., represents an advanced iteration of its predecessor, promising enhanced features and improved performance.

The core of the Invisibility Shield 2.0 lies in its innovative design. Constructed from a curved sheet of clear, high-grade polycarbonate, it is supported by a sturdy frame made of the same material. The shield incorporates a series of tall, narrow lenses, arranged side by side, extending from the top to the bottom. This unique configuration plays a pivotal role in the shield’s capability to render the person behind it invisible to the onlooker.

The mechanism of action is both simple and ingenious. When a user positions themselves behind the shield, the embedded lenses work to diffuse the light reflected off their body and the background, spreading it across the front surface of the shield. Due to this diffusion process, the light from the user is effectively obscured by the ambient light from the surroundings, rendering the user nearly invisible. This effect is optimized when the user is against a fairly uniform background and dressed in light-colored clothing, enhancing the illusion of blending seamlessly into the environment.

Personal Invisibility Shield 2 Look Out
The user cannot see through the shield and must peek around it to view their surroundings. Images courtesy Invisibility Shield Co.

Despite its impressive capabilities, the shield does have limitations. Visibility from behind the shield is restricted, requiring users to peek around it to see their surroundings. This aspect underscores the shield’s primary function as a tool for camouflage, rather than a means of observation.

The applications of the Invisibility Shield 2.0 are varied and intriguing. From its use in entertainment settings, such as concealing participants in a Korean dating show, to practical applications like paintball and wildlife observation, the shield offers a unique solution to the challenge of remaining unseen. Additionally, its potential for creating illusions in stage magic and for concealing items in plain sight adds a playful dimension to its use.

Personal Invisibility Shield 2 Portable
The Full Size shields and Megashields can be completely disassembled and packed in optional carry cases.

Available in three sizes – Mini, Full, and Megashield – the shield caters to a wide range of needs. The Mini version is particularly suited for hiding small items, while the Full and Megashield sizes provide more extensive coverage for individuals seeking to camouflage themselves or large objects.

In terms of pricing, the Invisibility Shield 2.0 is accessible to a broad audience. The Mini version is priced at approximately £54 (US$69), making it an affordable option for those interested in experimenting with personal camouflage. For those requiring larger coverage, the Full version is available for £299 (about US$378), and the Megashield, offering the most extensive coverage, is priced at £699 (US$884).

Personal Invisibility Shield 2 Peek Behind
A peek behind the shield.

Improvements over the original model include a lighter weight, increased strength, stability, brightness, and ease of transport. Additionally, the shield’s ability to be viewed from a wider angle enhances its effectiveness as a tool for camouflage.

Personal Invisibility Shield 2 Waterproof Recyclable
The shield is fully waterproof and recyclable.

Source: Kickstarter

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