Kaleidoscope Mirror

by ryun @ 10:34 pm 23 March 2010

When I was a small child, I remember when I experienced Kaleidoscope at first. It was small cylinder but the visuals that it created were so beautiful and I was very amazed, play with it all day long. Kaleidoscope is such a mysterious toy that generates endlessly different patterns using multiple mirrors and small colored particles.

For the capstone project I would like to build a “Kaleidoscope Mirror”. We are able to see ourselves only in the way it is through the regular mirror but Kaleidoscope Mirror can show the viewers in various ways with different patterns. Because the different patterns can be seen when Kaleidoscope is rotated, I am thinking of what interaction between the viewers and the screen can interesting. This part is not decided. One option is the viewer could rotate the mirror’s frame. The other option is the mirror detects the viewers l gesture or voice such as ‘Mirror, Mirror… ” and respond to that. Here is another example of Kaleidoscope using self-portrait image


  1. “Video Kaledoscope” from rockweller group.

    “We have been working on a variety of algorithmic kaleidoscope generators using live video. Stay tuned for a big announcement using this technology. This install allowed one to place objects onto a platform which were then incorporated into the kaleidoscope image.”


    Comment by Cheng — 31 March 2010 @ 11:43 pm
  2. Thanks Cheng. Nice application of Kaleidoscope visual

    Comment by ryun — 1 April 2010 @ 5:36 pm
  3. Comments from 2010/04/07

    I feel like it needs triangles. Kaleidoscopes have triangles!

    Do you want people to be able to see themselves in the kaleidoscope? It’d be interesting if you could see features like a face, or atleast an eye or nose or something that lets people know what they’re looking at.

    I know a little something about that edge. The edge!!! -Max

    wrote this on a sticky before but would be cool if the kaleidoscope showed video from the past mixed in with your image, or other funky stuff

    remind me to show you some different polar math algorithms for twirling your graphics. — golan

    Comment by golan — 7 April 2010 @ 1:25 pm

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