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September 7th, 2016

This Picture Frame Makes Objects Move in Slow Motion

Slow Dance uses science and art to create a truly one of a kind optical illusion sculpture. The Slow Dance picture frame is unlike any picture frame you have witnessed before – it makes real objects move in slow motion right before your eyes.

The design of the Slow Dance is relatively simple. Essentially, it looks just like a picture frame, however it doesn’t have any pictures or any glass. Instead, two clips can hold real objects inside of the frame and create an optical illusion that makes it look like these real objects are moving in slow motion. The frame already comes with two feathers ready to show off the slow motion illusion, but the user can also use plants, branches and other custom creations in place of feathers. Perhaps the coolest feature of the Slow Dance is that the user can even reach out and touch the objects and the objects will still appear to be moving in slow motion, despite the user’s obvious interaction. So what’s the secret behind the Slow Dance? Good, old-fashioned strobe lights. Jeff Lieberman, the scientist and artist behind Slow Dance explained a little more about how this optical illusion works, “By using high speed strobe lights blinking 80 times a second, your eyes cannot even see that they are blinking — the light looks continuous. By synchronizing the strobes to the high-speed vibration of objects (feathers, branches, flowers, etc), we create the visual illusion of those objects moving in slow motion. This is a phenomenon called persistence of vision, and works similarly to the way a TV works — by flickering frozen images quickly enough that we perceive them as continuous motion.”

Lieberman hopes that Slow Dance will inspire people to slow down and become a little more aware of the unexpected beauty that appears right in front of us on a daily basis.

This project has been in development for about two years now and is currently available on Kickstarter, where they have raised over $440,000 in pledges. For about $249 you can reserve the Slow Dance for yourself and expect it delivered sometime in March 2017.


The Slow Dance looks just like a picture frame, however it doesn’t have any pictures or any glass


It already comes with two feathers ready to show off the slow motion illusion


It can also be easily mounted onto a wall

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Using strobe lights, the Slow Dance can make everyday small objects move in slow motion

Source via : Slow Dance


Article Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine, September 7, 2016

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