Wandering around the SHOT show this year, I managed to find a few interesting things, but the reality is that the industry moves extremely slowly. I would argue that the gun industry as a whole hasn’t changed all that much over the last 100 years. Everyone is trying to market the next gizmo for the AR platform, which seems kind of silly when we have the technology to develop directed energy weapons, or at least cartridge-less ammunition. We’ll see what the future will bring, but there was one company I met with which is truly attempting innovations in military technology.
Hyperstealth is a Canadian company which develops camouflage patterns for military uniforms, aircraft, buildings, and anything else that needs to stay hidden. The CEO, Guy Cramer, developed the technology in 2010, which can render a person (or object) invisible. Cramer’s claims have often been met with skepticism as the demonstrations of the technology he has developed are held behind closed doors, and little tangible proof of what he called “Quantum Stealth” has been released to the public. I’ve always been cautiously optimistic myself, and after a few years of cajoling Cramer, he showed me a video that demonstrates the technology.
The first video I watched was of Cramer walking behind what appeared to be a blind. The material reflected the background behind it, in this case a wall, as the demonstration was filmed in a well-lit room. As Cramer walks behind the blind, he simply disappears. Then he pops out on the other side of the blind and is visible again.
(“Thermoptic” camouflage, as shown in the classic cyber-punk film, Ghost in the Shell. Now, this technology appears to be just around the corner.)