Grand Challenge

By absorbing, reflecting, and refracting light waves, today’s materials have given rise to very early stage wave-cloaking technologies, such as fabrics that make an object invisible to microwaves. However, these technologies are not yet advanced enough to make objects invisible to the naked eye or to refract seismic or sound waves. The possible uses for such advanced technologies are endless, from protecting buildings from an earthquake’s seismic waves to creating visually open automobiles without blind spots to rendering individuals wearing special clothing invisible in daylight.

Draft Guidelines

The winning team will develop a wave-cloaking technology that hides an object the size of an adult human, rendering the object invisible to the naked eye in daylight. Technologies that are lightweight and flexible will garner additional points.

Bonus prizes will be given to technologies that refract sound waves.

To find out how you can help support this XPRIZE, please email [email protected].


Additional Future Prize Concepts

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