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I haven’t figured this one yet, so don’t count on me to give you explanation. Girl in a picture holds a real mirror, and the picture wasn’t edited in photoshop – that’s the only thing I’m certain. So how can we see different picture of the PC in the mirror then? Comment here, and please explain if you know the solution – [via].


  • John Meche

    Manasonic has a new TV out that has a dual view angled LCD. If you view it from one angle,it’s one thing and from another it’s another thing…it’s made so mom and dad can watch different shows at the same time on the same tv.

  • Brian Schroer

    John’s right – It’s not an illusion. That’s a Sharp LCD display. Here’s the link from their announcement last July: http://sharp-world.com/corporate/news/050714_2.html

  • Cortez

    It is indeed a Sharp LCD display, it’s a type of hologram. I think its just positvely incredible. Don’t you rather love technology today?

  • Ola

    I think maybe it is just a picture, because you can se the same stuff in the “mirror” as you can see behind the girl. If it was a mirror you would see the opposite side of the room. Or the room is symetric.

  • Gary Fixler

    @Cortez – not a hologram – those use interference patterns, and are typically created by lasers on a reflective surface.

    What the Sharp article mentioned above calls a “parallax barrier” is, I believe, nothing more than a well-aligned lenticular screen:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenticular

    The same lenticular overlays are being employed with more than 2 angles (10 or more) to create 3D screens. Sharp has some of these as well, some already available:

    http://www.sharpsystems.com/products/lcd_monitors/15-17_inch/ll-151-3d/

    I think the claim of “no loss in image quality” is one of those things that skirts the legal boundaries of marketing. Yes, the overall LCD image is still the same quality, but as that overall image is made of 2 images put together in slices now, each image being sent left and right is of half-quality, made of only half the pixels of the screen.

    There are also kits available to turn a regular TFT screen into a 3D display, via some video software that adapts the screen output to show 2 images merged into vertical slices, but they have some tight specifics, like requiring that your monitor be of a particular dot pitch (number of actual physical pixels per inch).

    example:
    http://www.3dz.co.uk/3d_lcd_monitor.html

  • Robert Kooima

    Parallax barrier autostereoscopy is my area of research. It’s closely related to, but distinct from lenticular display. UI Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Lab has been building autostereoscopic displays for a few years now under the name Varrier. We use image-based face tracking to locate the user and adapt the image interleaving in real time to ensure that the two images hit your two eyes and you always preceive correct 3D as you move around. We’ve got the little Varrier:

    http://www.evl.uic.edu/core.php?mod=4&type=1&indi=290

    And the big Varrier:

    http://www.evl.uic.edu/core.php?mod=4&type=1&indi=275

    Yes, the claim of “no loss in image quality” is false. A 50% loss in horizontal resolution follows from the fact that you’re interleaving two images horizontally.

    The specifics are much less tight than you might think. The line screen need not be registered precisely with the LCD display, as any mismatch in shift or pitch can be corrected in software. In general, the line screen pitch needs to be about a fourth of the resolution of the display. We just take a display and slap a piece of glass with a photoprinted line screen to the front. From there it’s all software.

  • genericdave

    Now then, although it might just be some kind of special monitor that displays two pictures at once it would be possible to do this with a trick mirror and a lot of time on your hands. Two identical monitors could have been set-up on paralell countertops. The mirror would have to be a trick mirror, meaning that the reflective surface itself is held at a different angle from the frame, but in just such a way that it looks as though it is attached to the mirror. The other monitor is set facing the mirror, and someone off-screen would hold the right side (their right) of the mirror to make it look like the girl is the only person holding the mirror up.

    So either the picture was taken by some rich jerks who wanted to show off their super-expensive monitor, or they just wanted to make you think that was the case.

  • Brian O’Neill

    Im just a a magician not a optical illusion guy but it looked to me that the mirror is not a mirror just wood frame around a hole in a mirror wall the girl COULD actually be standing in FRONT of the mirror wall with fake fingers hanging on the frame around the hole. 2 TVs would also need to be used.

    Im not up to date on all the cool tech stuff that is out there or even the standard optical illusion stuff. But that is my guess.

  • michael

    The frame has no mirror in it and a second computer is set by the other.

  • Brian O’Neill

    I don’t know if I get to chime in twice But it looks like the frame is NOT square more like a trapazoid. to create an artificial vanishing point so the girl may not be standing at a 90 degree angl from the table as she appears… So my best guess is that my first guess was wrong… It would work but I don’t think that it is correct.

  • craig

    its the new two view tv, u can watch two different programmes from different angles of the room

  • James

    Probably the special Sharp monitor, but it could be just a trick picture? Two frames taken a few seconds apart, and composited down the middle where the monitors join. Used to be a lot harder before digital, but as long as you don’t have to double-expose anything that moves (i.e. the girl), it’s doable with film, too.

  • JOHn

    This is new tech that has been introduced month ago which one person can see one thing and other person see other. They are thinking about putting it at the car where driver sees map and passenger sees movie..

    http://news.com.com/2300-1041_3-5790363-1.html for better pic for understanding..

  • Simone

    Okay, I just tested it with a small mirror and my monitor. It only needs a very small deviation from the 90 degree angle towards the girl to make the monitor vanish from the mirror. Then it’s possible to set up another montor with the second picture such that the mirror captures that image. You may also take a closer look at the frame of the monitor on the right which shows some blurred reflections which aren’t visible on the left side. I’m not sure if the mirror is actually trapezoidal or rectangular as I’m not sure if the non-90 degree angle would be visible in a photo.

  • Michelle

    There are 2 screens. The girl is holding the mirror in an angle where the 2nd screen (which is right next to the one only shown) is showing. If that makes sence. If not u can write to me at mikki_mtz@msn.com so i can explain more clearly…

  • g-man

    i dont get it

  • Kevin

    that tv is so freakin kool man…….

  • Jason

    You are all odd ! The “Mirror” is not a mirror it is simply a picture of the same monitor on the table with a different programme on the screen. She then just holds it to the left of the original screen. Move the right picture directly right the two TV’s overlap. So does the Cupboard ! HELLO ! ANYBODY HOME ! Dual LCD TV ? Too much LSD more like !

  • Rich

    I can’t believe there is still discussion about this. It is the Sharp LCD screen and probably a publicity shot they did themselves. The mirror is the same mirror as on Sharp’s website: http://sharp-world.com/corporate/news/050714_2.html

    And to Michael who said “The frame has no mirror in it and a second computer is set by the other.” She had better see a doctor then, because she is missing her torso.

  • Panda Ruler

    i no………….never mind

  • GreenDayGirl

    now thats cool! wow real magic…..what ever. :p i thought it is lame.

  • person

    MAYBE….it’s cos the mirror has a hole cut in it so that there’s another copmputer next to it but the rest of the room is reflected?

  • Pegasus

    So if we didn’t have special dual view LCD thingies, it could be done the way Jason and Ola suggested. The background in the “mirror” (let’s assume it’s a photo) is the same as the background behind the “real” monitor, just shifted left like 5 feet. The photo is actually a little smaller than life-size, to make it appear as if it’s two monitors side-by-side. I think it could be done both ways.

  • Hai

    oh so its…wait…the lady….uhh….computer screen is…ummm…..oh i got it!wait no…..

  • Hai

    a note to Cortez: duz ur first name happen to be DJ? just wondering

  • jon

    this monitor can also be used for rear-view mirrors in cars. the driver gets the rear vision camera and the front passenger gets DVD movie or other video source

  • Your Mom

    It’s nothing but a phoney!!!! A big phoney!!!! Curse them!!!!

  • NO HALLO

    i hate to burst you all’s bubble but if you look really close you will see that the lighting is different in the display in the mirror one way that you can do this trick is by using a mirror to see a mirror. your seeing a monitor in a mirror that is pointed at another mirror that’s pointed at the monitor

  • javee

    dont be stubborn folks. read rich’s comment up above and click on his link. you will see the same exact tv and the exact mirror used in a sharp advertisement

  • Titi

    Theres A TV Beside The PC.

  • angelcat

    I don’t care (hey, i am 8 years old!)

  • Anonymous

    Alright, i think i got it, there is a mirror frame. The right side of the actuall mirror is being pushed back 45 degrees. If you notice the background in the mirror’s view, if not that, then it really is a reflection and theirs a computer to our right of the normal one, or, there are just way too many possibillities! But this one is mind boggling!

  • Nut

    I think that someone took a photo of the computer when it had a different screen and stck the photo on the mirror.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only aware that on the right it’s a computer and on the left it’s a TV?

  • Anonymous

    i think theres just two TV’s & the lady is holding a wooden frame to an angle so it looks like a mirror but youre really seeing the other TV.

  • Anonymous

    it’s a picture

  • Dorian Gray

    Think that was mind-bending, check this optical illusion – a magic mirror! How’s it done?

    http://www.guzer.com/videos/magic_mirror.php

  • Anonymous

    i think it may have something to do with the angle, i dont know how!

  • john f scott

    she just glued a picture to the mirror at the right angle with the right lighting

  • smithinson

    notice how in the mirror of the screen it is 2 men in a plane? well if you look at this link that JOHn posted it is almost the same picture just fliped

    http://news.com.com/2300-1041_3-5790363-1.html

    you notice the picture in the link has the same picture of the men in the plane as this “illusion”. this picture must have been used a an advertisement or something like that.

  • Merlin

    It’s the new Sharp LCD display that shows two different pictures that are seen only by having a different angle to the screen ~ See Sharp Advertising Photo here:

    http://news.com.com/2300-1041_3-5790363-1.html

    -=M=-
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  • Jessica

    it’s like a badge where it change cuz the screen is like a plasma so it can show to things at once

  • Jessica

    it’s like a badge where it change cuz the screen is like a plasma so it can show 2 things at once

  • Dee

    why would you want a tv that does that?

  • Kallie VandenBerg

    the reflection that you see in the mirror is the site of something 90 degrees from the angle you the person taking the photo is standing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jakey-ONeill/100000110701193 Jakey O’Neill

    i havent been in the 21st century echnology, AMAZING!!!

  • Jeff

    they have those in new range rovers in the dash so the driver can see gps and things and the passenger can watch a movie

  • JO

    She could just be holding a picture. Not a mirror…

  • luis

    too easy, if you look very well the edge of the monitor is reflected also on the mirror something that can be true because the way the mirror angle. that is another monitor right beside that one with the airplane cabin.

  • somebody

    its an advertisement by sharp

  • This is a tarded convo…

    For pete’s sake…you guys are all nuts… click the bloody above links and FREAKING SEARCH IT UP ON GOOGLE OR SUM SHAT LIEK THT INSTEAD OF ARGUING ABOUT IT ON TEH WEBSITE!!!!!and it’s a real t.v to all u haters…asian domination (yes ahm korean)

    • Haha

      umad small-dicked Azn?

    • jack bowden

      why go to the trouble but the mirrors on an angle to show something else

    • Matthews Abebe

      the mirror is angle at a certain direction and out of the picture is another computer with a different screen.

  • Dvril

    im guessing, it’s an image which if you look at it from different angles its a different image. so we’re looking at it directly from one angle, and then seeing it in the mirror from another angle

  • Rufus

    Yeah, I know that you can buy screens that show two different displays when viewed from different angles.

    My guess is that that is what is being shown here.

  • Earl

    Or she’s carrying a picture and not a mirror .

    • Anonomous

      Actually, that’s it exactly!

  • Fredo

    I guess they’re showing a Parallax Barrier screen, which show different images depending on the angle you look at them.

    They’re used for creating 3D stereoscopic illusions without using special glasses

  • rorigo

    she’s carrying a lcd screen not a mirror .

  • gerald

    two shots:
    1. shot 1: monitor shows image seen as a ‘reflection’.

    2. shot 2: monitor shows shot as we see it.

    3. photoshop: replace monitor image in shot #1 with monitor image in shot #2.

  • coolio

    ever seen that movie the ring (or Ringu)?
    theres one part where you see a women reflected in the mirror but no camera, while you can see that the mirror is right in front of you. Thats because the camera is realy in the corner of the room and zoomed in in a way it looks like youre in front of it. Its an effect you can only get with a camera.
    so that tv you ca see in the mirrror is a different tv/computer, because in the left of the mirror you can see a little part of the other tv just look good!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Williams

    I bet the mirror isnt square its trapezoidal, giving the illusion that its leaning toward you, when in fact it isnt.

  • http://www.fahad.com/2005_09_01_fahadinc_archive.html Rick

    “Sharp Corporation and Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Ltd. have developed a new LCD, which can simultaneously display different information and image content in right and left views in a single unit by directionally controlling the viewing angle of the LCD. This feature makes it possible to provide information and content tailored to specific users depending on the angle at which they view the screen. Volume production of the LCD will begin in July 2005, marking the introduction of the world’s first practical application of this technology.” Sharp Press Release (July 14, 2005)

  • ishan

    simple its not a mirror..it must be lcd or another picture…

  • hi

    wat if its a picture??

  • McFly

    its a picture!!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt

    you guys are thinking about it the wrong way.
    what were seeing is a second monitor, same type placed behind the first. The mirror is set back and to the right, so that it looks like its placed next to the monitor but is really further enough back not to see the first monitor, and capture the second. if you get what i mean :S. you can even see the corner of the first monitors stand in the reflection, (bottom left corner)

  • Sexy Erica

    She has a special screen that shows a different picture when holding a mirror to it. How do I know this? Well my aunt has one.

  • bird

    i still cannot layout the details, but i am guessing along the way of polarizing filter. if i remember the physics right, a mirror would cause the photon to align in certain direction.

  • anon

    If you think about it the reflection would be in a different place if it was the computer screen in the picture so i think that there is another screen opposite it that we can’t see.

    • Dai

      It looks like an empty frame between a tv n a puter

  • Aaron Yan Hearn Ng

    GEEZ AM I THE ONLY ONE HU EVER THINKS!……………………………………………………………………………………………….. its obviously cut and paste… if dat is a TV dey can take 1 picture of it and tak another later… that or dey take a picture of something else and paste it in

  • Karen Woolton

    If you look at the image on the real monitor you will notice a reflection on the surrounding to the top and right,but it is not in the mirror image. What you dont see in the room is another mirror angled from an opposite monitor with a different picture.

  • Someone

    It could be a 3d monitor.

  • apri

    okay its soo obvious that there are two different tv’s cuz she cant show a full screen in that angle also notice how the immage cuts off at the exact end so that you wont see the other tv! u smartones.. gosh

  • Jack

    I think th position of the mirror could be toward a tv

  • Tevin

    Lol it’s an empty picture frame with another computer next to it.

  • Trish

    You know…at near the bottom of the mirror there is a thing, and the bottom of the computer in the mirror is different from the other one. Thats all I know

  • Blablaabla

    Its impossible. The way she is holding the mirror wouldn’t reflect that computer. There has to be another computer in the room somewhere, if it were to be a mirror. Get PWNED

  • That one guy

    There are two computer monitors.

  • Bladladladlisaword

    Perhaps there is another pc next to it and the mirror is at an angle where you can only see that on pc instead of both?? Maybe?

  • fuck u

    it is just the screen or a monior or photo.. y put so much presha on ya brain homey

  • Fuck head

    Theres a picture on the computer screen

  • Bianca

    the “mirror” is a picture

  • Carlos

    Maybe it´s only a sticker with a picture of the screen over the mirror.

    • Bob the Builder

      they have things that let you watch (or see) thing from different angles

    • http://yahoo.com LOLOLOLOLOL

      The mirror is facing the television

  • Suor de Sapo

    Seems to be a showroom for technology stuff, so it must have to do with that (not for the mirror if it’s real, but for the screen – maybe double image experimentation for 3D tech or just for several people could watch different TV shows in the same TV set)

  • Greg
  • Eddie B

    The mirror is showing the image of another TV directly beside (to the right) the one in the picture.

  • Karen

    I think its just a sticker posted in a frame

  • RobisDoyal

    Ever look in a mirro at the right angle and you see somthing thats not directly in front of it? i belive thats what is happening here . a second screen is being used

  • Hunter

    this effect could be done with the effect of a 3d screen where from one angle you see one thing and from another you see something else for example like a 3d phone or a 3ds you have one image in front and one image in back but the images are being displayed through each other to give the illusion of 3d there fore my point in the explanation the mirror is just at a different angle on a 3d monitor

  • rulistening

    All you have to do is look at the link that Greg posted to get the answer – it’s possible new technology.

  • Samiooch

    The angle that the girl is holding the mirror makes me believe that there is another computer screen and that is the image that you are seeing in the mirror.

  • Thisguy

    the mirror is moved slightly to reflect the next unit with a student.so easy

  • Master EK

    its just a wooden frame. the other she has 2 computer screens

    • stardragon

      If its just a wooden frame, how come we cant see the rest of the girl’s body? I think someone just took a picturre of the screen while it showed something else, enlarged it, then stuck it in a picture frame.

  • Houssem Hichri

    it’s 3D screen what we see on the screen is th vertical polarization ,on the mirror th horizontal

  • Ndfgstffgsusdifdiisysydjfkfduj

    There a nother compuer on the side that you can not see and that is waht the mirror is reflecting

  • hi there

    well duh its not actually a mirror.

  • Deanne

    It’s a photograph with a glassy front!

  • anna

    the so called “mirror” is really a photograph taken when there was a different picture on the computer

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