The race to make invisibility technology is on.  Invisibility, mostly known as a plot device in fiction, may soon become a reality and through some interesting implementations, could actually serve as a useful feature in product design.

Japanese researchers are utilizing advanced camera and projection technology to make obstacles appear invisible.  By simply projecting the background image onto a highly reflective surface, the researches can effectively turn something invisible.  The researchers have already created a coat that utilizes this technology, but a more useful application has been their prototype car door and dashboard that reveals the road behind the surfaces.  This would help with blind spots, hidden cyclists, markings on the road and generally improve the driver's ability to react to the environment.  This isn't so much a new technology as it is a brilliant implementation of existing video capabilities, but it certainly qualifies as a contender on the quest for invisibility.

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