Some researchers are coming closer to figuring out how to make things invisible. Their work is published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Futurity quotes one of the researchers: “You can isolate and magnify what you want to see, and make the rest invisible,” says corresponding author Gunther Uhlmann, a University of Washington mathematics professor. “You can amplify the waves tremendously. And although the wave has been magnified a lot, you still cannot see what is happening inside the container.”

The only thing left to do is build a prototype. Piece of cake, right? I’m sure you can get that invisibility cloak by the holiday season.