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    Invisible Mercedes brings James Bond technology to life

    Post by PyroPhoenix on Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:36 am

    In a promotion for its first production fuel-cell vehicle in Germany, Mercedes-Benz turned a B-Class hatchback invisible -- at least, from a distance, using the same idea behind the invisible car in the James Bond film "Die Another Day." See if you can see it before it sees you.

    The invisibility cloak had its tryout this week on the streets of Stuttgart, Germany. To make Q's idea of an invisible car real, Mercedes employed dozens of technicians and some $263,000 worth of flexible LED mats covering one side of the car. Using a camera mounted on the opposite side of the vehicle, the LEDs were programmed to reproduce the image from the camera at the right scale, blending the vehicle into the background from a few feet away. Doing so required power sources, computers and other gear totaling 1,100 lbs. of equipment inside the B-Class.

    Mercedes' point was to show how the F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell powered car would be invisible to the environment, producing only water vapor and heat for emissions. For an invisible car, it's getting a lot of stares.



    This reminds me of the Japanese stealth jacket.



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    Re: Invisible Mercedes brings James Bond technology to life

    Post by bmarzke on Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:27 am

    The only way that Mercedes commercial could've been any better is if one of the people whom noticed the car would've shouted OH NO! (or the German equivalent thereof) and then took off running.... Might have even said they found me as he/she made their escape... Ah yes, that would've been quite comical indeed.

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