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Who would have ever thought that there were so many ways to combine cycling and persistence of vision? Here’s another cool one to add to the list: much like a zoetrope, Tim Wheatley’s Cyclotrope is a bike wheel that gives the illusion of animation when it’s being spun on camera. [via Neatorama]


Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Very groovy!

    Now, can we find a way to do a daylight viewable POV wheel that works for the naked eye? Hmm.

    1. Maybe this guy can help out: (fake but funny)

      1. Anonymous says:

        I’m thinking solenoids showing and hiding a line of flags of some sort – as opposed to LEDs seen on darkness-only POVs. ??

  2. Beautiful! Favorite part is actually the gears, that appear to be spinning in different directions and speeds.

    1. I didn’t even notice that the first time. It’s a perfect example of the “wagon-wheel effect:”

  3. Matheas says:

    Awesome! What a lot of hard work and patience that must have taken, congrats on a fantastic piece of art!

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