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The Hyperscope breaks the 1 to 1 relationship between the normal view of the world we see, feel and know in other ways, and therefore may be used to excellent effect in a concourse area of any institution. Spectators will look at each other and wonder at the Cyrano de Bergerac noses, sculptural clothing, smallness of size and and may also wonder why they feel as if their eye level has changed.

Spectacular awareness of three dimensional form in objects at a distance becomes immediately apparent, if the siting of the Hyperscope can include scenic views, such as landscape, threes, buildings and bridges. Structurally complex targets such as large trees can be seen and appreciated in away that they will never have been seen before.

It will be worth experimenting with the Hyperscope in different locations before making a permanent fixing.

By enhancing the stereoscopic detection rate, the Hyperscope makes it possible to clarify complex structures such as crystallographic models where significant pattern and form are camouflaged by complexity.

An additional effect of the powerful clarification achieved by hyperscopic vision is to give a substantial enhancement of overall awareness of the subject.

In the case of intricate crystallographic models all the atom centers and valencies or bonds become very clear, their spatial orientation is distinct, and the space they occupy very tangible.

Observing a working model of the solar system is a much more informative experience, and any exhibits which are complex, have interesting surfaces or with a strong physical appeal, such as models of industrial plant, oil refineries, printing machinery, bridges or large telescopes will be transformed by hyperscopic vision. Equally a Hyperscope will dramatise properties of mathematical models, making it much easier to appreciate proportional relationships in cross sections, and in models displaying other properties, such as sequences of dimensions. Even well designed 4-space cubes or hypercubes can be confusing, but the enchancement of the stereoscopic detection rate through a Hyperscope heightens the ability to see what kind of object it is. Using a Pseudoscope with projections of multidimensional figures is even more fascinating.

More nerve endings enter the brain from the eyes than all the other senses combined. vision is such a dominant modality that there are many educational activities which will be extended by hyperscopic vision.

Areas where use of the Hyperscope will be of interest include, branches of mathematics (speculative geometry); optometrics (tests for stereo blindness); computational vision; psychology (adaptation to distortion in depth perception, altered perceptual inputs); archaeology (surveying); crystallography (rapid perception of significant form); physics; architecture and art.

The use of the Hyperscope in art education is particularly interesting in view of not only the many attempts by painters in the history of art to remap 3 dimensions on to 2 dimensions, but also for artists who work in 3 dimensions because it intensifies awareness of both massive and spatial volume at which many contempory artists direct our attention.

Students who may be slow initially to respond to the transparent volume of space as an active ingredient in art work and architecture, will at least be able to see what is being talked about, perhaps in many cases for the first time, and will probably wish to spend time looking at as much as possible to see in which ways the visual world is transformed.

There are many puzzles presented by hyperscopic vision to the untrained and trained observer. One such puzzle so far incompletely explained (although it might be a case of mis-applied constancy scaling working in reverse) is the dramatic effect of a change in ground-level. Looking through a Hyperscope causes the ground to suffer the same kind of refractive distortion as one sees looking into water.


In this context the limits to which eye separation may be extended are reached when fusion of the two retinal images is impossible. Objects may be fused if the disparity of the images is within 30 seconds of arc. Outside 60 seconds of arc there will be no fusion. These limits are known as Panum's Fusional Area. Some findings, however, which use flash stimuli to avoid eye movement, suggest that P.F.A. may be more extensive than classical measurements indicate.

Size Constancy

*A most effective demonstration of size constancy was suggested to me by Professor Tony Longson , and may be used with reasonably sized groups is as follows. Using a photographic flash unit, ask your audience to look directly at the lens/reflector and press the flash button. The light is sufficiently intense to create a durable after-image which will superimpose itself on everything looked at for some time. If the audience are then asked to look at their hands, the after-image will appear small; if they then transfer their gaze to progressively more distant objects, the after-image will dramatically gain in size.