Fibre Optics for Art, Sculpture and Invisibility
- If one bunches together the ends of fibre optic strands (or cables or other such) into a surface (whether flat, curved or other shape) facing in one direction toward say a landscape (discuss multi direction after this example), these fibre optic strands can be bent around any shape (for example a sculpture) and face in the viewers direction. Effectively the shape around which the fibre optics are bent (i.e. the sculpture) will remain hidden from view and the viewer will only see the landscape behind from that particular point of view. Depending on the lighting conditions, the light travelling through the fibre optics may need to be boosted in intensity to create a perfect background match.
- It could create an interesting sculpture piece where the sculpture remained invisible to an onlooker from certain directions of approach and then as the onlooker moved around the piece the sculpture is revealed as the fibre optics reduce in number or cease altogether.
- Theoretically a person could be hidden from view in a similar fashion, through fibre optic vertical clothing ‘tubes’, where the ends of strands or cables are faced out at the directly opposite sides of the ‘tube’, interwoven with all the other strands in the walls of the ‘tube’ around the body. The optics may again have to pass through a booster otherwise the image on the viewers side of the ‘tube’ may be obviously less bright than the remainder of the background. If clothing was made in a similar manner to the stiff ‘tube’ shape, but instead woven into a softer, flexible outfit, then the effects would be striking in terms of light and images, even though as an ‘invisibility cloak’ this would not be too successful. Imagine, your entire body could be swathed in fibre optics suit, including over the head and face. Additional lighting and colour (including led’s) could be added to enhance effects.
- Obviously a successful system of opposite facing fibre optic ends could be used to conceal any inner object, including a ship. However when considering concealing such large objects, other systems using miniture cameras and screen panels would be far more successful and a lot cheaper. One only needs to look at the high quality and size of panels used for moving advertising on the walls of buildings in Times Square, New York, to realise that far better systems presently exist to achieve this. By careful use of cameras or other equipment facing and locking onto the ‘eyes’ of the onlooker (or enemy) that you wish to remain concealed from, through automatic and constantly updating computer systems, cameras or other equipment on the opposite side of the ship (for instance) will accurately project the correct image and perspective of the ship’s background onto the sides of the ship facing the onlooker, in a way that absolutely mimics the background and entirely conceals the ship. As the ship and onlooker change relative position, the concealing background image will adjust accordingly.