The South Korean government has given the go-ahead for the development of a 450 metre tall skyscraper with a difference – at certain points in the day it’ll be able to turn itself invisible. City Tower, to give the erection its official title, will be the landmark centrepiece of Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority (IFEZ) near …
A former friend of mine used to tell me that Korea was in south east asia. and thought I was confusing Korea with the Kamtchaka peninsula when I told her it was closer to the northern parts of the Japan (yeah, I was a bit wrong, I know)
She was from Korean origin, but adopted and lived in Europe all her life.
You don't have to be from the USA to be confused about geography.
No no, the Koreans have invented a product call 'bird free', a gel that appears to them as a ball of fire so they avoid roosting. It's now being used by many councils in the UK as an alternative to bird spikes.
Unfortunately, to us the product looks like yellow custard.....
I assume that when covered in this it will blend in with the yellow of the sunset.
Heston was on telly last night making the world's biggest ice cream cone. My significant other arrived home half-way through the show and asked me what flavour it was. I said I think it's just plain old beaver anal mucus. The look she gave me was priceless.
I doubt anyone in the area will be on visual flight rules. Airline flights will be on instruments, even in clear skies. Official approach patterns guarantee that, even in fog, you aren't going to hit anything if you stay on the path, so it doesn't matter if the building is invisible or not.
The invisibility trick is the same as that thing Richard Hammond's team did with a van.
It needs a fairly high resolution display up the entire side of the building, perhaps around one pixel per metre. The technology is simple, just expensive - we've done higher pixel counts before (along a bridge)
The "Flame towers" in Azerbaijan are basically the same thing in fact, just different media source.
At night one could do rather a lot with that - here's hoping we get the job, could be fun!
"The invisibility trick is the same as that thing Richard Hammond's team did with a van."
Also similar to the 'adaptive camouflage' for the Aston Martin Vantage in Die Another Day - which, at the time, greatly annoyed me. Mainly out of spite.
Why? I wrote a science fiction story while at school, back in the early 1980s, in which an alien spacecraft was made largely invisible using a very similar technique - but after writing it, I decided the idea wouldn't work unless the craft was stationery and/or what was behind it didn't change. So I rewrote the whole thing to get rid of the silly idea.
Then all those years later, pretty much the same idea was used for a sodding car in a Bond film! Grrr.
And worse still, it turns out people are actually working on the very technique in real life!
The Kai Tak airport with the famous approach over the city closed in 1998, the new Hong Kong International Airport is 30km away from the old one and on an island. Though to be fair, the accidents that did happen (at least in the instrument flying age) were mainly due to extreme weather conditions or mechanical failures.
Brings to mind the story/quote from the late Alan Whicker about when he flew into the old airport. He confessed to the Captain that for the last few miles of approach and landing he always closed his eyes. To which the Captain replied "as a matter of fact old chap, so do I..."
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