Cloaking a Car Using LEDs and a Canon 5D Mark II

For a recent advertising campaign to bring attention to its hydrogen-powered cars, Mercedes-Benz decided to make a car “invisible” by creating a novel cloaking device using LEDs and a Canon 5D Mark II. One side of the car was covered with several mats of LEDs that display what the DSLR sees on the other side.

(via Photoxels)

  • Stephen Lee

    Interesting! It may have some military use for this on vehicles or body armour.

  • Harrison

    Top Gear already did it! …. although it required towing a generator.

  • perceptionalreality

    Cover the wheels (which, of course, would have to be these: with it and calibrate the tire LEDs output to compensate for the rotation of the tire and you’ll have a potentially viable cloaking device. Of course it’s going to work better in a less engineered environment where the alignment issues won’t be as obvious as the scene shown here. Still, very cool. 

  • 9inchnail

    For real cloaking you’d have to find a way to make it invisible from all sides. Any ideas? I mean, look at the camera mount on the visible side, how are you gonna hide something like that? The military has been experimenting with similar techniques but have the same problem. You can’t be invisible from all angles.

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    That was pretty amazing. Bet they had a lot of fun doing this.

  • Jtchamplin

    It’s level of viability right now only allows for novelty.  The van requires 1,100 pounds of equipment inside and uses $263,000 worth of LED’s.  And of course; the aforementioned one sided problem.  With time and refinement however…