War should be heard not seen

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Continuing with the science-fiction theme of the week... the British military is on the verge of becoming the real-world equivalent of Star Trek's Romulans by introducing cloaking devices on their tanks. The vehicles use cameras and projectors to display background scenery on their armour, making them blend in with their surroundings.

The army predicted an invisible tank would be in service by 2012. Moreover, the military forces in Britain and the United States are also believed to be testing the technology on jackets, which would lead to uniforms that turn soliders invisible.

The potential applications here are mind-boggling. What would invisible warfare be like? And what sort of consumer uses could there be?