Picture Frame Seems to Slow Down Time with Sensory Illusions

Its a beautiful combination of art and science.

9. 17. 16 by Ramon Perez
Jeff Lieberman/Slow Dance
Image by Jeff Lieberman/Slow Dance

To speed or slow down time is an ability many people may dream of having. One Kickstarter campaign is providing the illusion of time slowing inside a picture frame called “Slow Dance.”

The frame is open so lightweight objects can be placed inside. The objects then seem to move slowly back and forth, creating a flowing movement comparable to that of a jellyfish.

The illusion is created by strobe lights blinking at 80 times per second, too fast for the human eye to recognize, which are synced with high-speed vibrations applied to the object.

Image source: Slow Dance/Kickstarter

Creator of Slow Dance, Jeff Lieberman, is famous for hosting a television show which appeared on the Discovery Channel called Time Warp. The show used high-speed cameras to capture experiments or other visually appealing events which they then slowed down to show detail invisible in real time.

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The Slow Dance appears to have the same effect without the aid of cameras.

It is a simple way that technology is allowing us to see our world as never before.


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