M&M Bulge Illusion

Miscellaneous 20 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Using Legos and two colors of M&Ms, Mary Coffelt, Briena Heller, and Michael McCamy created the following optical illusion at Martinez-Conde and Macknik Laboratories, Barrow Neurological Institute.  The way that the candies are arranged on the checkered Lego pattern, the object appears to bulge even though the surface is flat.  This bulge illusion was originally created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

m&m bulge illusion

(via Scientific American)

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Turning Wheel Optical Illusion

Animation 17 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Which way is this wheel turning?  Are you sure?  Stare at it for a little while and you might find that the direction the wheel is rotating in will change.

Spinning Wheel Optical Illusion

(via foto-jennic.com)

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10 Faces Found in Random Places

Ambiguous 14 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Chances are, you see things on a daily basis that resemble other things.  This phenomenon is known as pareidolia and occurs when something meaningful is found in something that otherwise is not very meaningful.  One of the most common occurrences of pareidolia is when inanimate objects (such as clouds, rocks, or buildings) look like faces.  Some scientists believe that our brains are actually hard-wired from birth to identify human faces as a kind of built-in survival mechanism.  Whatever the reason, many of them are quite convincing and highly entertaining.

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Continue reading to see nine additional examples of faces found in random places.

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Platforms by Aakash Nihalani

Anamorphosis, Animation 11 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Today’s illusion is called Platforms.  It is an art installation created by Aakash Nihalani using tape on the wall and ground for Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, New York.  This anamorphic creation gives the impression that four square platforms are floating in space.  The man seen in the picture appears to attempting to jump from the first platform to the second one.  How successful do you think he will be?

"Platforms" by Aakash Nihalani

Jumping from the first platform to the second platform would prove to be extremely difficult.  The animation below helps to show how this anamorphic work looks from an alternate angle.

Platforms Animation by Aakash Nihalani

Regarding his art, Nihalani notes:

People need to understand that how it is isn’t how it has to be.  My work is created in reaction to what we readily encounter in our lives, sidewalks and doorways, buildings and bricks.  I’m just connecting the dots differently to make my own picture.  Others need to see that they can create too, connecting their own dots, in their own places.

(via Aakash Nihalani)

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Relative Size Animated Optical Illusion

Animation, Estimation 6 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Perspective matters.  The angled lines in the animation presented below give the impression that the floor is sloping downward to the left.  As such, the man standing on the left appears to be much shorter than the man standing on the right.  As the man on the left walks up the incline to stand directly next to the man on the right, it is revealed that the two figures are roughly the same size.  A similar effect can also be seen in the SUV illusion posted on this site a couple of years ago.

Relative Size Animated Optical Illusion
This animation was created by Sheepfilms based out of Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Transparency by Laura Williams

Miscellaneous 3 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

18-year-old photograph Laura Williams used a mirror that she found as a prop to make it appear that the upper portion of her body had completely disappeared.  It almost looks as if the portion inside the mirror was edited using Photoshop, but I do not believe that to be the case.

Transparency by Laura Williams

Speaking about her photography, Laura noted the following:

“I like the idea of creating an image that’s perhaps a little less obvious, like an illusion.  One that really intrigues the viewer and tries to trick the eye. It’s something I strive to do, and I love it!”

(via Flickr)

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Schmear by Kaia Nao

Motion 27 February 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The vibrant flowing colors of this peripheral drift motion illusion appear to swirl and move as your eyes move around the image.

Schmear

(via Kaia Nao)

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