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VIDEO: 3D Zoetrope, Android-Style

Optical illusion made of Google Android dolls at the Bay Area Maker Faire.

Redwood City resident Gary Aden and his son Daniel are exhibiting a 3D Zoetrope they created over the course of a few months at this weekend's Bay Area Maker Faire.

Composed of a series of concentric stationary Google Android dolls (Daniel is a Google employee) affixed to a disc, the zoetrope creates an optical illusion when strobe lights flash on the disc as it spins. The dolls appear to be moving, when in reality the eye is simply viewing a series of the stationary dolls which have each been constructed in a slightly different position.

The Maker Faire concludes its two-day run today and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Mateo Event Center. For more information about the event and how to get there, click .

Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) May 23, 2011 at 08:31 AM
That warehouse was a feast, nay a smorgasbord for the senses. As I wandered from dimly lit room to room, colored lights pulsed in sync with the trance music. (I wonder how many of those pieces will end up at Burning Man.) I emerged overstimulated and slightly out of breath.
Daniel May 23, 2011 at 11:27 PM
A good video of the animation can be found here: http://zoetrope3d.com
Patti Hayes February 22, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Hi Daniel and Gary, If you two go into business and start building and selling zoetropes, I will surely be a customer. Job well done! pattihaha@gmail.com

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