Yup, These Are Static As Well!

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Japan, occasionally creates such awesome optical illusions, it’s hard to believe what he tells us is true. One such example were the running spirals, effect heavily used in examples I’ll show you today. Check out the 4 pictures below. Can you believe they’re static? They seem to rotate like crazy, but only when you move your eyes from one spiral to another. Try fixing your eyes in one spot if you’re nonbeliever, probably the only way to get those hearts and spirals stay put! Which one did you like the most? I love the heart ones, but believe the effect works best with the first, spiral one?! Btw, I’ve included the higher res pictures so you can see the effect in full glory. Just click and open the image in a new window…

51 Replies to “Yup, These Are Static As Well!”

  1. I’ve seen plenty of things like these that have blown my mind, but this one barely even seemed to work. I don’t know why.

  2. You can also get a super effect by looking at one point on the page and scrolling the page up/down. Longer duration of sensation of movement since you can scroll slowly, just watch one point on the page, all the images then rotate simultaneously.

  3. cool.. i find if i open my eyes really wide, they wont spin for a couple seconds, but its hard to keep focus..

  4. I dunno if it’s just me, but I’ve been staring at this for 5 min or so and can’t see them move. Usually I pick up on these pretty quick, but not this one. Even when I do as it says above and switch from spiral to spiral, nothing.

  5. Interestingly enough the effect does not work if you “invert” the colours. (I copied the picture into msPaint, then inverted it to a blue-green colour scheme and the movement stops). I wonder what it is about the pink-red colour that makes it work?

  6. Hmmm, I could tell they were static straight off. They didnt move at all for me. O.o What is with my brain?!

  7. Of course they are static once one is told that they are. This is simply a matter of focusing. Anyone who has used a camera seriously gets this one !!

  8. Interesting- I was incredibly airsick yesterday. Today, none of these examples are moving. Solid as a rock. I wonder if the recovery from air-sickness is a factor?

  9. Sorry, but I guess I am just not capable of seeing it, for me they are static. I am trying everything I can to get them to move for me, but they just sit there.

  10. It would be awesome to walk into a room where the walls ceiling and floor are all pictures like this. i have a feeling you would start to fell quite ill sooner then later.

  11. Keep your eyes stationery and move the page up and down. The first image rotates like crazy. The heart rings not so much.

  12. I’m guessing that it looks like it’s moving cuz it’s blinking or something, Idk, it looks like it’s moving, but I noticed it did not move an inch, and I see it blinking.

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