Kokichi Sugihara makes 3D optical illusions. He is the creator of the ambiguous cylinders optical illusion that won the 2nd Prize of the 12th Best illusion of the Year Contest 2016. Here's his entry for 2015, which also won second prize.
Nothing like a good geometrical-optical illusion! The alteration of the black and white lines and corner shapes causes your brain to get confused about the perspective. Here are a few other good classic examples. Image: YouTube / MindYourDecisions READ THE REST
Maker John Malecki built a two-legged chair sturdy enough to hold his nearly 300-pound full weight. He was inspired by the blue chair at this end of this optical illusion furniture clip, although that chair uses a different stabilizing method. Image: YouTube / John Malecki READ THE REST
The Troxler effect is a visual example of neural adaptation, where our brains filter out "superfluous" stimuli that does not change. It's the same way you don't notice the sound of rain or your room's background noise after a while. Swiss physician Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler first wrote about the effect in 1804. Understanding this… READ THE REST
With everyone stuck in COVID quarantine for much of the year, online sales for Amazon and other retailers have gone through the roof. That means more and more packages coming right to your door, to the sheer delight of a more loathsome brand of COVID opportunist: the porch pirate. Thieves taking off with delivered packages… READ THE REST
In the past few days, the U.S. Air Force rolled out new tools fueled by machine learning to help stem the spread of misinformation about COVID. Additionally, the Library of Congress has launched a project on how to use machine learning to better cross-reference all 170 million items in its overflowing archives. Every day, we… READ THE REST
The Apple Watch is a great addition to any tech arsenal–until it runs out of juice, that is. Then, you have to go about the process of recharging. Of course, the Apple Watch only recharges via wireless charging, meaning it can sometimes end up being pretty inconvenient to power up, especially if you're out and… READ THE REST