Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 12 January 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The blue and yellow circles made up of what look like bicycle chains appear to spontaneously rotate.  Try focusing your attention on only one of the six circles at a time and you should find that the one you are focusing on stops moving.  If you want to maximize the motion effect, move your eyes around this image rapidly.  As your focus moves from circle to circle, the perceived motion increases significantly.

Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

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A Very Lively House

Ambiguous 7 January 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This interesting house has features that make it appear to look like a face.  The two rounded windows on the roof look like eyes and the woodwork located over the window resemble a smiling mouth.  When I saw this pictures, I almost noticed the face before the actual architecture.  I would be curious to know if some see a house first and only notice the face after looking at it for a while or it was pointed out.  It seems that if you look at pictures like these that are small (such as a thumbnail), the facial features are more prominent.

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Breaking Bad Illusion from Brusspup

Anamorphosis, Video 4 January 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This anamorphic optical illusion was created by Brusspup as an homage to the fictional character Walter White from AMC’s television show Breaking Bad.  I’m sure many of you are familiar with this show, but if you have not seen it, I would highly recommend that you binge watch it immediately.  This is one of the most well-written TV shows that I have ever seen.  In fact, there was only one episode that I thought was not great (can you guess which episode I’m talking about?)… the rest were incredible.  In his description for this illusion video, it is interesting to note that Brusspup added the following:

Ok, Yes, I’m a bit late on the Breaking Bad band wagon, but I just recently finished the series and absolutely loved it. So here’s my tribute to the show.

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Office Christmas Tree Optical Illusion

Anamorphosis 24 December 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The digital production house squint/opera decided to get into the Christmas spirit by painting a giant anamorphic Christmas tree (complete with red bulb decorations and a gold star on the top) across its office space.

Office Christmas Tree Optical Illusion

This photograph, taken from another angle, helps to demonstrate how they had to paint the tree in order to get it to show up properly when viewed from the angle above.

Office Christmas Tree Optical Illusion 2

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Candy Cane Optical Illusion

Estimation 21 December 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In the spirit of the holiday season, today’s optical illusion features a series of red and white candy canes.  When you look at these seven pieces of candy, do they appear to be parallel to one another or are they askew?  If you want to be certain, grab something with a straight edge and hold it up to your screen.

Parallel Candy Canes

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Hilbert Cube Stereogram by Gene Levine

Stereo 17 December 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I was not familiar with a Hilbert cube prior to seeing this new stereogram created by Gene Levine.  It is named after the German mathematician David Hilbert, and even when I read the definition, I am still not exactly sure what it is.  Here is how Wikipedia defines the Hilbert cube:

The Hilbert cube is best defined as the topological product of the intervals [0, 1/n] for n = 1, 2, 3, 4, … That is, it is a cuboid of countably infinite dimension, where the lengths of the edges in each orthogonal direction form the sequence \lbrace 1/n \rbrace_{n\in\mathbb{N}}.

Sounds confusing, doesn’t it?  Stare at this image to see a 3D version of this very complicated concept.

Hilbert Cube Stereogram by Gene Levine

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Pencil Vs Camera – HK by Ben Heine

Forced Perspective 14 December 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Ben Heine continues to expand his Pencil Vs Camera portfolio with this new photograph that merges fantasy with reality.  Here, in this busy walkway, Heine holds up a torn piece of paper in the middle of the photograph.  Draw on this paper are a group of individuals aligned in the shape of a heart.

Pencil Vs Camera - HK by Ben Heine

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