Making a Video Appear to Pop Out of a Phone

It’s surprisingly simple to get a video to appear to pop out of a screen using little pyramids made from laser cut plastic. I run it as an activity at university taster days as an introduction to Sustainable Design.

The pyramid works with videos that have a moving image mirrored 4 times around a central point. To see the effect, place the pyramid in the centre of a phone screen laid flat and play the video. When you look though the pyramid, the image will appear to be three dimensional and pop out the screen. There are loads of videos online, my favourite is the one below which shows a stunning hummingbird at 35 seconds in, a graceful jellyfish and 1.04 mins and a firework display at 4.42 mins.