They create an 'invisible' jacket

They create an ‘invisible’ jacket

Monterrey– The first thermal camouflage jacket in the world is a reality and its creation means another step towards the search for total invisibility, at least for cameras, revealed Business Insider.

Behind its creation is Vollebak, a company famous for creating the Full Metal Jacket in 2020, with a futuristic design and designed to protect against viruses and bacteria.

To create this prototype, the company collaborated for three years with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester. The place houses a multipurpose material used for jackets.

The result is a garment that fulfills its purpose: making the human body invisible to infrared cameras.

Although the ultimate jacket is still under development, Vollebak announced the release of the first prototype to show the feasibility of wearable thermal camouflage for the first time.

The garment can be programmed by computer and make its parts invisible to cameras.

In its structure, the jacket has 42 graphene patches that can be controlled individually as if they were pixels. Each of them is endowed with 100 layers of pure graphene.

These elements control the thermal radiation on the surface without modifying its temperature.

The computer code is loaded through a microcontroller. The wiring printed in gold and copper reaches each graphene patch, applying voltage to them, which in turn forces the ions between the layers of graphene (almost transparent material).

The more ions are pushed between the graphene layers, the less thermal radiation is emitted and the cooler it looks.

Business Insider highlighted among the advantages of the jacket that each patch can be individually programmed and emit a different level of thermal radiation, integrating into the environment and becoming invisible to the cameras.

To achieve this, a major challenge had to be addressed: the incompatibility between electronic devices and fabric.

When technology improves and the size of graphene pixels shrinks, these types of garments could help camouflage anything from a plane on a runway to a person in a forest.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.