Motion Integration Unleashed Optical Illusion

Video 26 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The following video was recently awarded 1st prize for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest  This video was created by Mathew T. Harrison and Gideon P. Caplovitz from the University of Nevada Reno, USA.  They call the individual flickering dots “Gabors” and describe the effect as follows:

Here we show that configurations of drifting Gabors that are stationary can give rise to dramatic global motion percepts: a rotating square, oscillating chopsticks and rolling waves. Although the Gabors themselves are not changing position, the drifting motion within them causes the illusion that the entire configuration is moving!

What do you think?  Do you think that this illusion was worthy of a Best Illusion of the Year award?

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Ultimate Stunt by Thomas Barbèy

Ambiguous, Impossible 22 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Thomas has once again used his photography skills and imagination to come up with this very unusual balancing act.  Merging a photograph of a tightrope walker headed toward the viewer with a photograph looking up at a chandelier and ceiling, a confusing and unsettling image is born.

Ultimate Stunt by Thomas Barbey

Regarding the process that Thomas uses to create his works, he indicates the following:

Some images are composed of negatives that are separated by a decade in the actual time that I had taken them and only come to life when they found their perfect match. it’s the combination of two or more negatives that they give birth to a completely unusual vision, but most of all, the title I give the final image is the glue and the substance of the piece.

(via Thomas Barbey)

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Tick by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 11 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This is an interesting motion illusion that Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka created back in 2010.  When you simply look at it, you’ll just notice a series of different-colored square outlines.  But if you use your scroll bar and move the image up and down, something interesting happens.  As the actual image moves, the square insert also appears to move in alternating directions.

tick by akiyoshi kitoaka

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Lifelike Portrait from Photograph

Miscellaneous 3 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I am always amazed when a talented artist can create a portrait that looks absolutely lifelike.  This hyper-realistic portrait of a vibrant, young girl was created by an artist using a real photograph.  You would think that with a lot of practice, anyone could create paintings such as this one.  But, as we all know, that is simply not the case.  No matter how many times I tried to paint a portrait like the one below, it would never come close to being as realistic and detailed as this one.  I just simply was not born with the requisite skill to be able to do so.

Lifelike Portrait

For the sake of comparison, here is the actual photograph that the above oil painting was generated from.

Lifelike Portrait Photo

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

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Hidden Cat in the Logs

Hidden Objects 2 August 2016 1 Comment

So…. hiding somewhere in this large pile of logs is a cat.  Take a quick look and see if you can find the hidden feline.

Cat in Logs

Did you find it?  Apparently, when this image was posted on Reddit, many people were completely stumped as to the cat’s whereabouts.  Several thought that the image could have been a  trick to frustrate people and deliberately waste their time.  But if you keep looking, you should be able to find he cat.  It is a common house cat, nothing out of the ordinary.  Once you see it, you will probably wonder why you missed it the first time around.

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Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion

Ambiguous, Video 25 July 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University in Japan created this very intriguing video featuring a series of ambiguous cylinders.  If you look at the objects placed in front of the mirror and then look at their respective reflections, you will notice that they look like completely different shapes.  How can this be?  Obviously, there is something unique about the shape of the objects, but even when they are rotated directly in front of you, it is difficult to figure out  exactly what is going on.  Because you can’t fully understand what the true shape of the objects are, the illusion continues even though you know that there must be some sort of trick involved.

This optical illusion video is a finalist for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

UPDATE:  This video was award the 2nd Prize in the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.  Personally, I think that it deserved to rank a little higher!

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Pikachu 3D Stereogram

Stereo 18 July 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Intrigued by the latest Pokemon craze that is sweeping the nation, stereogram artist Gene Levine decided to make a Pikachu-inspired stereogram.  Gene has not played the new Pokemon Go game (and does not intend to!), but he just kept hearing about it.  When he finally heard Bill Maher talk about the game on one of his recent shows, he knew that Pokemon fever was for real.

If you have not heard about this new game, it allows players using a mobile device to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures (which are called Pokemon), who appear on the screens of their devices as though they actually exist in the real world.

Pikachu 3D Stereogram

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