When we think of what a mirror looks like, we usually think of a shiny surface which reflects light as a perfect image.
However, Daniel Rozin has other ideas.
As shown in the video above, Rozin creates amazing mechanical mirrors which mirror an image in a completely different way.
Instead of reflecting light, his mirrors contain hundreds of small moving parts which can alternate between two colours, usually using small motors or servos.
So for example, a toy penguin can rotate to show either a completely black back, or a white front. In essence, each of these parts can then act like a low-resolution pixel on a screen.
A camera records whatever is happening in front of the mirror, translates that into a low-resolution image, and then “moves” each pixel to create a mirror image.
This allows people standing in front of a wall of wooden tiles to see their own movement or shapes reflected in the art.
It is quite magical, and some people don’t even realise that they are in front of a mirror until they recognise their own shapes being reflected back to them.
A wonderful example of creativity and innovation, and showing how the world of technology and art continue to mix and merge.
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