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How to Cloak your Car and make it Invisible

Updated on November 20, 2012
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I grew up watching movies like "Smoky and the Bandit" and TV shows like the "Dukes of Hazard" and "Knight Rider".

I always dreamed of making my car or truck invisible, and at the very least one that could talk back to me and park itself.

The latter two have been accomplished, but now Mercedes Benz has created a pretty good publicity stunt. They have cloaked a new hydrogen fuel celled electric F-Cell car!


First check out this video:

Would You Cloak Your Car if the Technology became cheaper?

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Mercedes is coming out with a new Zero Carbon footprint hydrogen powered car, the F-Cell (2014), so they wanted to publicize it by making it seem invisible.

Well, good job Mercedes! You've gained my attention (and my imagination). CNET has a notable article about the F-Cell project here. Another article from Mashable.com, along with the Mercedes F-Cell, shows an Ipad being used in the same manner for a halloween costume.

Basically, all you need is a good high resolution camera on one side and some sort of a display on the other. In Mercedes' case, they placed LED matts on one side and Canon on the other.

It is reported that Mercedes spent over 260,000 dollars on the LED matts, so making your car or truck invisible isn't exactly affordable yet, but, who knows, ten years from now maybe LED matts will be common place. If so, you will NOT be seing me on the road ;).


Now, if they only had a flying skateboard....

Floating Skateboard?

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @TT -- Ha! In about 5 years most def lol :) (In the end the turtle wins the race lol -- thats what I keep tellin myself hahaha)

      @RolyRetro -- Genius! That animal would stick to the car in like 5 seconds with all of those suction cups, and like you say, would simply blend in to the animal kingdom as you drive home from work. Then, its sushi time. Awesome.

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      RolyRetro 5 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

      How about covering your car with Octopus? Not only would it blend into the background using the animal's ability to change colour, you would have a nice dinner when you got home!

      Great hub!

      Roly

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I want one! Hey, can you loan me some of your vast wealth earned from your hubpages empire? :)

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Fascinating stuff. Amazing the evolving possibilities and ingenuity in technology.

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Hi Naimishika, thanks for commenting! Yes, no video trickery here, Mercedes launched an add campaign for their new FCell. Because it leaves no carbon footprint, they wanted to make the point that you can't see it. So they draped it with LED matts and used a camera. It's all real. Cool video right? Thanks for stopping by

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks Christy! The LED matts cost a few hundred thousand now, but I swear, If I find some on eBay in a few years, I'm doing it lol

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Haha you found a pretty unusual subject to tap into here! Vote up!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks Debby :) I wasn't kidding, the day led matts become affordable is the day my truck becomes invisible lol.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Voted thumbs up for most unusual and cutting edge information. Blessings, Debby