Trippy Electronic Mirror Made Out Of Furry Pom-Poms

June 1, 2015


This is artist Daniel Rozin's 'PomPom Mirror', an electronic two-tone mirror that uses a Kinect camera to detect objects and an array of 928 motorized pom-poms to display them. It is mesmerizing to watch in action. Like synchronized swimmers, but with less wondering how they can hold their breath so long and none of them come up coughing pool water like I do every time I jump off the high dive.

Rozin's anthropomorphic "PomPom Mirror" features a synchronized array of 928 spherical faux fur puffs. Organized into a three-dimensional grid of beige and black, the sculpture is controlled by hundreds of motors that build silhouettes of viewers using computer-vision. Along its surface, figures appear as fluffy animal-like representations within the picture plane, which is made permeable by a 'push-pull' forward and backward motion of meshed 'pixels'. Ghostly traces fade and emerge, as the motorized composition hums in unified movement, seemingly alive and breathing as a body of its own.

As cool as the mirror is, it's probably not the mirror you want use to put on makeup. Or to make sure you don't have any boogies in your nose before leaving the house. I forgot to give myself a once-over before leaving the house on Saturday and I spent two hours walking around with a GIANT boogie hanging out of my nose. Like, way out. It was half on my lip.

Keep going for a worthwhile video of the mirror in action.

Thanks to Falco, who always uses his phone's front-facing camera to make sure he doesn't have anything stuck between his teeth after a meal.

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