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Strange Lenses distort the faces of pedestrians. The lenses facilitate interactions that make strangers into friends and reduce the anonymous nature of urban environments. It was recently awarded a civic grant to be developed into a two-year public art installation on the streets of San Francisco.

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Strange Lenses distort the faces of pedestrians. The lenses facilitate interactions that make strangers into friends and reduce the anonymous nature of urban environments. It was recently awarded a civic grant to be developed into a two-year public art installation on the streets of San Francisco.

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Our Funky Lenses


Our Funky Lenses

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Our Funky Lenses


Our Funky Lenses

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Exhibits


Exhibitions

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Exhibits


Exhibitions

On public display until October 2018!

 

Current Exhibition

Past Exhibitions

Selected Press

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Keep in touch


Your head is tiny!

"Whoa"

"Yours is tiny too!"

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Keep in touch


Your head is tiny!

"Whoa"

"Yours is tiny too!"

Why can’t we be lens?
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How it's Made


How we make them:

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How it's Made


How we make them:

Process

With digital fabrication technology, it’s easier to design and manufacture lenses than ever before. We developed a fabrication process makes it easy to prototype optical designs.

Read our Instructable for a more in-depth look at our process.

Design

It’s not always easy to predict how a given lens will distort an image. To make prototyping easier, we employed ray-tracing software to see how our lenses might distort once fabricated.

Our process uses Autodesk T-Splines to create lens geometry, and visualized its effects using Rhinocerous3D and the Neon raytracing renderer. With this technique, we were able to create lenses that achieve a desired effect.

Fabrication

Initially, we used the Objet 3D printers at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop to manufacture the lenses. They were printed with VeroClear resin to achieve transparency. All of the new lenses are milled out of acrylic plastic on a 3-axis CNC router. We are exploring casting lenses in elastic silicone rubber.

After printing or milling, all of the lenses were sanded and polished to optical clarity during a 10-hour manual process.

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Supporters


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Supporters


Supporting partners: