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Bot and Dolly

Projection Mapping done well with industrial motion control (MoCo) robots.

As discussed in class, this is a little disingenuous, as the only perfect view of the illusion is that of the camera. A foot or two off to any side of the camera/projector rig and the illusion begins to slip. So while this makes an excellent video it wouldn’t be as impressive as a live experience.

Here’s a making of, in which they name check the types or classifications of illusions.

How to Magically Win at Roulette

The Invention of the First Wearable Computer

computer-in-shoe

“The first wearable computer was conceived in 1955 by the author to predict roulette, culminating in a joint effort at M.I.T. with Claude Shannon in 1960-61. The final operating version was tested in Shannon’s basement home lab in June of 1961. The cigarette pack sized analog device yielded an expected gain of +44% when betting on the most favored “octant.” The Shannons and Thorps tested the computer in Las Vegas in the summer of 1961. The predictions there were consistent with the laboratory expected gain of 44% but a minor hardware problem deferred sustained serious betting. We kept the method and the existence of the computer secret until 1966.”

https://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/thorp.pdf

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Clarke’s Third Law

“Any sufficiently debased magic is indistinguishable from technology.” — Rowling’s Corollary

“Everything you can think of is true.” — Tom Waits