The Looty eye-gazing box

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The Looty eye-gazing box


Here’s an intriguing device on Instructables- The Looty was created by artist Jim Woodring to allow the users left eye to stare directly at the right and vice-versa.


Jim made and sold these devices for a time, but eventually discontinued the item. In an interview over at he spoke regarding the projects demise –
“It’s a bad invention… I made a few to sell and then stopped because the effect is unnatural and probably harmful.”
All the same, it’s an interesting example of invention for self-exploration. If you do decide to build the Looty, do be mindful of any possible strain on the eyeballs – they’re hard to replace!

Looty on Instructables –Link

Jim Woodring Interview –Link

The Brain Machine –Link

4 thoughts on “The Looty eye-gazing box

  1. Tare says:

    If you sit in a dark room and shine a flashlight at your eyes from below, you can see your own retina.

  2. Jim Woodring says:

    I’m semi-glad to see the Looty getting a new lease on life. I haven’t and won’t try out your version(I’ve inflicted enough damage on my system through the use of the damn things already, thank you), though I suspect it gives one a split-eye effect, like seeing yourself in reverse reflection in two adjacent bathroom mirrors. I’ve posted a diagram for the original configuration at, along with a bad scan of an old ad for the prototype, which contained an unnecessary artifical nose-bridge.

    Hail and farewell,


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