On February 21 of this year, scientists at the Applied Sciences division of Footile Enterprises confirmed that they have lost their newly developed, fully functioning invisibility cloak.
This cloak, also termed “IC-Nothing”, took twelve years of research and experimenting to construct and, reportedly, was highly successful at concealing wearers.
“This has been a huge shock to the team,” lead designer Gordon Freeman noted. “We spent years on this project. I have no doubt it was our rivals, Black Mesa, who have stolen our work. I plan to have a word with them later.”
The invisibility cloak, which consumed $400 million in government-endowed research funds, utilized groundbreaking new technology that allowed light to pass through the cloak virtually undisturbed.
“One common perception about invisibility is that the cloak must allow light to pass through both the cloak and its contents,” Freeman explained somewhat sadly. “The genius in our design was that the light would be bent by the shape of the cloak itself, thus negating the problem of the image of objects within its folds.”
Mass production of the invisibility cloak was to begin in late 2014, with a projected initial price tag of $5,000.
“We have such terrible luck! The United States Military made an order for 1,000 cloaks literally the week before we lost the prototype,” Enterprise researcher and avid Harry Potter fan Davis Copperfiels moaned.
In spite of the recent setback, Freeman has attempted to remain upbeat. “At least we know the prototype works.”