Ever wished you could dive up close to a clownfish or shoal of bluestripe snapper before it darts away? While not quite an invisibility cloak, researchers have developed the next best thing: a high-tech wetsuit that enables scuba enthusiasts to experience life underwater in its natural, undisturbed state. All living things, including humans, emit faint electric signals, according to Mike Slinkar, president of Human Energy Concealment Systems, an Oregon-based company that specializes in so-called “concealment textiles.” The HECS Stealthscreen full-suit, a collaboration with wetsuit manufacturer Xcel, dampens the electric signals that disclose our presence, allowing divers to achieve greater proximity to marine animals than ever before.
SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES
HECS’s Stealthscreen material has already gained a following in the hunting community. While we certainly don’t condone hunting—quite the opposite, actually—the opportunity the technology offers for quiet observation is compelling. In fact, Stealthscreen has received a ringing endorsement from the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, CA.
The suit works by using a lining of carbon fibers to create a Faraday cage that blocks electric signals.
The suit works by using a lining of carbon fibers to create a Faraday cage that blocks electric signals without sacrificing comfort, performance, or flexibility. It’s available in multiple thicknesses, as well as camouflage patterns for greater visual concealment. Of course, any technology can be used for good or for ill, but for the voyeurs among us, a high-stealth wetsuit sounds like a great way to commune with the underwater world. Hey, it beats watching the Real Housewives duke it out on TV any day.