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3-D-Printed Zoetrope Captures Time & Movement


In 2015, a young media artist named Akinori Goto created a fascinating device called toki, meaning “time” in Japanese. Goto explained that it's “a media installation born from a combination of modern technologies”—the age-old zoetrope meets 3-D printing technology. Goto captured the movement of a person dancing and translated it into a data series, which was then turned into a repeating loop. The result was then fed into a 3-D printer. That object was then placed on a rotating turntable and a light was projected onto it to isolate the different movements.

To watch the actual process of Goto's first creation of the toki visit Spoon & Tamago below. But don't forget to watch the video above for a memorizing experience of his second attempt!

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