May 9 2008Ghost Mirror Makes You Look Ghostly


The Ghost Mirror is not what I thought it was. At first I thought it was going to be like one of those mirrors in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World where it looks like a holographic ghost is sitting next to you. This is not the case. Instead it makes you look ghostly.

In this mirror, the observer can see the reflection of his surroundings and yet he is never able to see himself.

Now I'm not totally sure how that works, but I've got the feeling that if that bookshelf shows up, you should too if you stand by it (so maybe you only disappear if you're really close). But there is, of course, the chance that an evil sorcerer lives inside the mirror and steals your image whenever you look at it. Yeah, that's probably it. You know, just from looking at her, you'd swear my girlfriend applies her makeup in a mirror like this. Seriously -- she looks like she got beat in the face with a paint can.

Ghost Mirror [pipeline]

Thanks David, now don't go and disappear on us

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Oooo I want it!
It's such a great way to scare the crap, or perhaps stress, out of yourself.

And vampire-goths rejoice.

So, uh, I'll go rejoice now. *rejoices*

That's pretty freakin sweet, I wonder too how it works. Plus if the goth kids all buy this, how would they put on their makeup? :P Maybe a new style of goth's will emurge.

there is no mirror.

there is no spoon.

Wouldn't it be more useful to have a mirror that reflects nothing *except* yourself?

From, the designers website (in french only), this is the "Miroir vibrant" (Vibrating Mirror) prototype. The site states that the only materials used are a mirror and an electric motor. So then it is probably a mirror that subtly vibrates making the reflected images blurred.

The poor translation is:

Materials: Mirror, electric motor (Matériaux : Miroir, moteur électrique)

Description: A mirror where more viewers away, plus returned image is blurred. (Descriptif : Un miroir où plus le spectateur s’éloigne, plus l’image renvoyée est floue.)

The only way I can see this to be possible is the idea of it being an extremely high rez screen. There would be a camera situated in the mirror which would record the surroundings that stay still for longer than say, an hour. This would effectively let the "mirror" document all that is around it, and by using the holographic screen technology that's now out, the idea of perspective within this space is possible when looking at the mirror.

However, a protocol could be programmed into this device whereby anything moving faster than a certain framerate- aka, a person, it would distort their image in realtime and play that image back while keeping the stored memory of the surroundings of the mirror.

Just a thought.

This seems as though it would get annoying after a while.

. . . .aaahh. . .o that damn mirror . . .

pickle, you read my mind dude.

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