Footage of ‘Invisibility Cloak’ Spreads on Social Media—But Is It Real?

January 30, 2018 Last Updated: January 30, 2018

Footage of what’s been said to be a “quantum invisibility cloak” has spread through Chinese social media, garnering over 21 million views. But is it real?

One reason why some people may have given the video credence was because China’s deputy head of Criminal Investigation Department at the Ministry of Public Security, Chen Shiqu, shared the footage on his Weibo account.

“This is a quantum technology-made cloth that is made of transparent material,” he wrote, according to Newshub. “It can reflect the light wave around the person who wears it, so it can make the person disappear.”

He even said the technology could be useful for military purposes.

Others have pointed out, however, that the “cloak” can simply be green and the background is digitally added on top of it, just like with green backgrounds used in film and newscasting.