LIFE/More cloak and dagger

Is there anyone who hasn't heard about Prof. Susumu Tachi and his "invisibility cloak"?

Doubtful. That kind of thing gets around.

Imagine you're a mad scientist who just hit the jackpot. You have this hot optical camouflage garment. After the first few hours, you'd be just itching to pop up in some friend's house, just so you could say: "Look at me! I'm invisible!"

However, we're going to jot it down here, anyway, so we can remember the story in a year or two and go look him up to see if he's made any progress.

If we can find him.

Read more offbeat real-life news in the July 2004 issue of "Arte Six"