China creates a real Harry Potter camouflage cloak that protects the wearer from surveillance cameras and can fool AI

CHINESE university students have developed a high-tech cloak that allows the wearer to be “invisible” by astounding surveillance cameras.

The mystical cloak hides its own remarkable function – a human’s ability to be seen but not detected, and it has the potential to transform the modern battlefield.

The InvisDefense looks like a regular coat, but it has the power to blind computers

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The InvisDefense looks like a regular coat, but it has the power to blind computersPhoto credit: Wei Hui/Weibo
The wearer is not recognized as a human by AI-controlled security systems

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The wearer is not recognized as a human by AI-controlled security systemsPhoto credit: Wei Hui/Weibo

A team from the University of Wuhan has developed InvisDefense to allow people to stealthily evade security camera systems controlled by artificial intelligence.

Unlike Harry Potter, there is no magic behind the invisibility. Advanced algorithms generate patterns that camouflage the wearer from the eagle eyes of the machines.

During the day the patterns act on blind cameras, while at night the patterns emit bizarre heat signals to confuse infrared cameras.

The breakthrough coating also has the potential to obscure some detection systems in self-driving cars. However, it would not fool human-controlled detection systems or human drivers.

Professor Wang Zheng, who oversaw the project, said, “Nowadays, many surveillance devices can detect human bodies. Cameras on the road have pedestrian detection capabilities, and smart cars can detect pedestrians, roads and obstacles,” he told the South China Morning Post.

“Our invisdefense allows the camera to see you, but it can’t tell if you’re human.”

It’s the first of its kind to avoid public pedestrian detection, and it took the team over 700 mistakes to get it just right.

It then took first place in a Huawei technology competition and will be unveiled at the AAAI 2023 AI Conference in the US in February.

The dream coat, in all its technical beauty, would also be cheap.

Wei Hui, the mastermind PhD student behind the mantle’s crazy algorithm, has estimated that each one would cost just 500 yuan (£59).

However, its true appeal lies in the fact that the coat stands out from the crowd in its industry by blending in harmoniously.

“Traditionally, researchers have used bright images to disrupt computer vision, and it has worked… but it’s noticeable to the human eye, making the user even more noticeable,” Wei Hui explained.

“We use algorithms to design the least conspicuous patterns that can impair computer vision.”

For military purposes, the “cloak of invisibility” is of enormous importance.

If the cloak’s technology were used in military uniforms, soldiers could theoretically avoid detection by drones or AI-controlled units – which would change the modern battlefield.

Researchers may also be able to use the Wuhan team’s new creation to fix existing loopholes and flaws in AI and detection technologies.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6878168/real-life-harry-potter-invisibility-cloak-ai/ China creates a real Harry Potter camouflage cloak that protects the wearer from surveillance cameras and can fool AI

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