Black Hole Rings by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 17 April 2019 0 Comments

Black Hole Rings by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Here is the latest work from professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka, who is never one to disappoint when it comes to creating innovative relative motion illusions. The orange rings in this optical illusion appear to rotate against the purple background. (via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 12 January 2016 0 Comments

Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

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 […]

Swimming Rings by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 15 September 2015 0 Comments

Swimming Rings by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

When it comes to motion illusions, it is safe to say that no one does it better than Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.  If you look at the two multi-colored rings below, which Professor Kitaoka calls “Swimming Rings”, you will notice that they both appear to rotate in a clockwise manner. […]

A Band on Sanity

Ambiguous,Animation 26 January 2015 0 Comments

A Band on Sanity

This animation of an impossible ribbon was created by Erwin Bonsma.  Depending on how you look at it, this ribbon can be perceived as rotating in two different ways.  He credits the original idea to M.C. Escher’s print titled “Cube with Magic Ribbons” which happens to be the first drawing by Escher to feature a […]

Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 4 December 2014 0 Comments

Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The orange and purple ring appears to rotate clockwise on the green background in a twitching or jerky manner.  The effect is enhanced if you move your eyes rapidly around the image or look away from it briefly and then focus on it again. Compare this effect to another motion illusion created by Professor Kitaoka […]

Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 11 August 2014 0 Comments

Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

As you move your eyes around this image, the purple and yellow grapes appear to rotate around in circles.  Be careful with this one, you might start to get a little bit dizzy if you look at it for too long! To see more rotating circles, take a look back at the motion illusion in […]

Turning Wheel Optical Illusion

Animation 17 March 2014 0 Comments

Spinning Wheel Optical Illusion

Which way is this wheel on this old postcard 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. If you stare up at a ceiling fan while it is spinning, you can replicate this strange effect. (via foto-jennic.com)