Making yourself invisible has been a staple of fiction for a long time, but it’s becoming more and more of a reality through the Swedish made system ADAPTIV from BAE Systems. It’s comprised of a set of panels, or pixels, electronically controlled to radiate programmable wavelengths – sort of like a thermal TV screen – making the object they are mounted to undetectable by infrared.
Here is a trailer to explain the system a bit better:
To most surveillance systems the object will simply not be there, or it will look like a regular car, or a farmhouse, or anything you program the system to project. It’s not quite James Bond where Q makes a car invisible to the naked eye, but it’s the same basic idea.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a front row seat to a few of these things, working with Nils Bjuggstam at Loveframe from my native Sweden, and this one I felt worth sharing since it made such a splash in the news and, well, simply because it’s pretty cool…
I’ve been working with Nils for some time, with him producing content in Sweden and other places, and with me serving as “preditor” here in LA. We’ve been using a combination of iDisk, YouSendIt, DropBox and the occasional FedEx to ship material back and forth, working primarily on the legacy versions of Final Cut and Motion.
With the introduction of Final Cut X we may be switching our workflow in the near future, possibly to a combination of Avid Media Composer and After Effects, but for now, legacy Final Cut seems to be working fine.
Here are a few examples of where ADAPTIV made a splash: