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Devices of Wonder

The Getty Museum cleverly uses our new media toy, the World Wide Web, to showcase this exhibition of media devices from the past and present. Included are inventions that present visual information or optical illusions, such as Indonesian shadow puppets, magic lantern slides, pop-up books, thaumatropes, and anamorphic images. Both animated and non-animated versions are available, and there are tradeoffs with each. In the animated version, users can see each device in action, but it takes a little longer to simply get each device's name and information about how it works. For example, the animated thaumatrope works pretty well, since it is easy to see that it is a card with two images on the back and front that fuse when the card is spun on a string. It's a little harder to figure out how the choreutoscope works from starting with the animated version, although one gets to watch the skeleton dance. The non-animated version immediately informs us that this is a hand-cranked magic lantern slide.
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December 7th, 2001
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April 7th, 2003 at 4:00pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 4:00pm
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