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By on March 25, 2010, with 24 Comments

By now, most of you know that 3D chalk drawings and wall murals can create quite impressive optical illusions. Unfortunately, this only works if you observe them under precise and unique angle. Numerous times we have seen them conventional drawings look 3D from perfect perspective, but there is a new approach by Utrecht student Sander ter Braak, who brought this onto the next level.

Sander created a real-time animated object that tracks your location, and accordingly adjusts itself to look 3D from wherever you are standing. He called the installation “Augmented Anamorphosis“, which by the way is his graduation project at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. In the video below, first we see some simulations, user views, and finally the anamorphosis in practice.

For now, it is just a simple blue cube … but imagine the possibilities: 3D holographic landscapes that update in real time, video software you can download and project at home on walls, floors and ceilings, backgrounds you display on the outside of a building, three-dimensional gaming, effects… Where people once thought that virtual-reality would happen overnight, we are learning that augmented reality and virtual worlds combined with experiments like this may finally start to blend realities and blur the line between digital and physical spaces.

  • raymond

    lol, nice

  • Jilly

    Totally Love it and I want this in my house…………..it’s so perfect

  • force

    please obi-wan, you are my only hope.

  • Lindy

    wow kudos for Sander! that dude just improved every future game! virtual reality is finally not just for the movies anymore!!

  • Doug Philips

    that’s awesome

  • awesomeness

    Great job to Sander! Let’s see what happens in 5 years…:) Great site Vurdlak!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jen-Steffen/619055478 Jen Steffen

    way cool!

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  • Leon

    what if there are more than 1 person in the room?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Barrett/100000548389444 Patrick Barrett


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  • Lewis

    Very nice – this is a similar effect to what people expect the upcoming ‘Nintendo 3DS’ will be like – using a camera or something to track your head as you play and give you a 3D play experience without glasses. Possibilities are endless with stuff like this.

  • http://www.symphonyoflove.net/blog BK

    WOW! This is really cool trick.

  • Russell Bridge

    haha, cool

  • David Bethke

    You do realize that the blue cube doesn’t exist in the real world? It’s in a virtual computer world. Nothing new, really…

  • Orack Bobama

    How long until the cube is turned into the top of some red head. Sell that with some vibrating do dad. We’ll be rich.

    I realize this is the user moving though.

    ka ching

  • Nommers

    I would like to see a giant Panda projected in my house.

  • WFH


    But how about more than one viewer in multi-standing point?

  • Jeffrey

    Wow. See, now this will be truly great. It obviously still has some kinks to work out, but man… lotsa ramifications that this has.

  • abbie lauren

    this is rubbish GET IT OFF!

  • maloy

    just a projector on the top pointin down the floor.. nothin new =) nice trick

    • nolokin

      then tou avously diddent read what he typed aboc=ve the video.


    Awesome? Yes
    Creative? Yes
    Original? No

    Buts its cool none-the-less

  • Luna

    i want to learn how to do that!