Back in 16th Century, there is a mirror anamorphosis technique that capable to distort 2D painting to be viewed in proper proportion from acute angles or using conical or cylindrical mirrors. The famous anamorphic masterpiece will be the Hans Holbein’s 1533 portrait The Ambassadors that appear top be a grey streak in the foreground of painting and is revealed as a human skull when viewed from an angle.

And now, a team from Japan’s Ochanomizu Women’s University (OWU) has re-created an approach that incorporates a centuries-old artist’s trick to bring ‘viewable’ depth to the iPad’s 2D display.

Unlike traditional mirror anamorphosis, the mirror remains fixed and the observer moves around it, utilizing iPad’s multi-touch sensitivity, the QMU’s approach allows user to spin a cylindrical mirror on the iPad to change the view of the object. However, there are 70 images of the subject that must be loaded to enable user to get the 3D effect using the polar coordinate conversion software.


“We noticed that anamorphosis can be used to project data onto a 3D object by placing a 3D object on 2D data, so we developed an interactive system called Anamorphicons,” said OWU researcher Chihiro Suga.

Wonder when will this type of Anamorphosis technology will also applicable on Android base tablets?

[ Source: Diginfo ]