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How Vantablack, the darkest material ever, can take gaming to a new level

How Vantablack, the darkest material ever, can take gaming to a new level

Have you ever gotten up to use the restroom during a movie screening, then struggled to find your seat when you re-enter the darkened theater? Now imagine how much tougher it would be if the theater wasn’t just dark, but literally the blackest black you’ve ever seen. Or not been able to see, in this case.

That’s the kind of disorienting effect that a major games developer recently turned to the U.K. company Surrey NanoSystems to create. And, boy, did Surrey NanoSystems deliver!

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Ultrablack room makes everything disappear except you and the game

Ultrablack room makes everything disappear except you and the game

Stand in front of a surface coated in Vantablack and it feels like you might fall in. The nanotech material isn’t just the blackest black you’ve ever seen, it looks like there’s nothing there. A hole in space.

Step into a room painted floor to ceiling with the stuff and the world disappears. It’s a little like being in a sensory deprivation tank. Your eyes and ears strain to get a grip on something, anything

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The Blackest Black Ever Finally Makes Sense on a Watch

The Blackest Black Ever Finally Makes Sense on a Watch

Over the last number of years, H. Moser has become well known for its Concept line of watches, which do away with the markings and branding usually placed on watch dials, opting instead for a clean, open look that lets the materials and finishes speak for themselves. The latest installment in that series is the Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept, which really takes things to the next level. The dial of this watch is coated in Vantablack, a proprietary material that uses carbon nanotubes to absorb light. The result is a black that appears blacker than any other manmade substance.

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Delving Into Dark Matter with Spectroscopy

Delving Into Dark Matter with Spectroscopy

Researchers have developed a new instrument that can analyze light reflected from very small or extremely dark materials such as some meteorite samples and VANTABlack, the darkest manmade substance created. The instrument is already revealing new information about these and other difficult-to-analyze surfaces.

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Vantablack® | Enhanced safety and quality in HUDs
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Vantablack® | Enhanced safety and quality in HUDs

Vantablack is an ultra black coating originally developed by Surrey NanoSystems for use in satellite-borne instruments. It achieved space heritage in 2015, eliminating the Sun’s glare in satellite positioning systems. Vantablack now incorporates a range of ultra-black coatings that are distinguished by exhibiting the lowest known reflectance in any of their target applications. This generally results in one of the Vantablack coatings being the material of choice in resolving critical stray light problems in challenging environments

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Harvard Adds the Blackest Black to Its Historical Pigment Collection

Harvard Adds the Blackest Black to Its Historical Pigment Collection

The Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums is an evolving archive of synthetic and natural pigments — each year brings additions representing innovations in color. One of the newest acquisitions is a sample of Vantablack, a superblack material which absorbs 99.965% of light.

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What is this thing called Vantablack?

What is this thing called Vantablack?

Ben Jensen, chief technology officer at the Surrey based tech company, NanoSystems, spoke exclusively to What Investment about the astounding advances it is making in nanotechnology, which ultimately offer unique VCT investment opportunities.

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In the black: the world’s darkest material makes for a profitable investment - Octopus

In the black: the world’s darkest material makes for a profitable investment - Octopus

Jo Oliver, the fund manager of Octopus Titan VCT, spoke exclusively to What Investment about an extraordinary  hi-tech investment opportunity.

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Why South Korea's Biggest Auto Brand Isn't Advertising Cars At Its Own Winter Olympics
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Why South Korea's Biggest Auto Brand Isn't Advertising Cars At Its Own Winter Olympics

This year, consumers across South Korea (and parts of the U.S. and Europe) will finally be able to buy the Hyundai Nexo, the company's latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEV) that also possesses some self-driving capabilities. But any of the Nexo’s potential future owners weren't able to actually see the eco-friendly SUV at Hyundai’s pavilion at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Here’s what they found instead: a massive building clad in Vantablack, one of the darkest materials on earth, and thousands of LEDs. And some rather forceful copywriting; “We moved the universe for everyone to experience the seed of new society,” narrates the pavilion’s introduction video over trance music.

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Asif Khan reveals super-dark Vantablack pavilion for Winter Olympics 2018
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Asif Khan reveals super-dark Vantablack pavilion for Winter Olympics 2018

Asif Khan has unveiled a pavilion at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, described as the "darkest building on earth".

The British architect spray-painted the 10-metre-high temporary structure with Vantablack VBx2, a substance that absorbs over 99 per cent of light.

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Darkest material on Earth will create a 'schism in space' for the Winter Olympics
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Darkest material on Earth will create a 'schism in space' for the Winter Olympics

The British architect is using Vantablack VBx 2 (NOT Original Vantablack or Vantablack S-VIS as is reported here) for a building he describes as a "schism in space," which will be unveiled at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Visitors will encounter it when entering the Olympic Park. This impossibly black building will have four curved walls, but from a distance, it will look like a slit of blackness.

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