Ever wondered how some objects seem to stare at you?
Watch the amazing documentary about optical illusion and how human brain is cheated.
Tales from the Prep Room: The Ames Room
Ames room creates an optical illusion altering the visual perspective. The right end is farther and lower than the left, but the doors, carpet and props are in much larger proportions so that they look proportional to the other side of the room view.
The Ri’s Andrew Marmery takes a break from Christmas Lecture rehearsals to describe how he designed a built a life-size Ames room for the show. The distorted room was named after ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, who invented the optical illusion in 1934. The floor, ceiling and side walls of the room are trapezoidal in shape but when viewed from a specific fixed point it appears to be rectangular. As Andy demonstrates, anyone standing inside the room appears unusually large or unexpectedly small.
In 1934, ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. devised a room that pushes the boundaries of human perception. Visit a virtual version of the now famous Ames room, as Scientific American Mind editor Ingrid Wickelgren explains how it works.
What Is the Ames Illusion?
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