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If someone can find this, I'll delete it - it seems like the sort of
that should have been done.
There are various fibre-optic devices for carrying an image from
place to another, and also (I think) for magnifying an image.
What I want is a window that twists the image seen through
Imagine a bundle of optical fibres, about a couple of feet thick
somewhat long. Now twist the bundle as sharply as possible, so
each fibre spirals its way along the bundle. Maybe there's one
complete turn for every six inches of length (which means that the
fibres are at a quite shallow angle).
Now impregnate the bundle with a clear resin, and let it set.
Next, cut one-inch thick circular slices of this bundle, and polish
The result is a disc of what will probably look like slightly frosted
fuzzy glass, but it will rotate any image seen through it by 60
degrees. How cool would that be as a window?* Passers-by and
lookers-out would each see the other rotated.
Other possibilities exist, including a variety of distortions,
on how cunningly the original fibre bundle is laid up. You could
even have a window which was square from the inside but round
from the outside.
Been there. Done that.
[outloud, Nov 17 2009]
"...axially compressed bundles of optical fibers having substantially identically geometrically patterned opposite end faces, one inverted relative to the other by a 180° axial twist in the bundle..." [hippo, Nov 18 2009]
(?) Picture of a "Fibre Optic Image Inverter"
Actually this looks cool - I'd like to have one of these. [hippo, Nov 18 2009]
||I'm not quite sure why you think this would appeal
particularly to rappers, but thank you.
||I like this. It's got me thinking - would it be possible to create a mirror-type device using lots of tiny fibre-optic cables bent back on themselves (if you see what I mean)?
||A mirror would be an intriguing idea!
||What a great name. It occurs to me this should have
been done before as well. But alas, you be the virgin
twisted window master. I like the idea. I think the
distortions would be really neat with each change of
light, shadows, etc.
||Always has been great beauty in distortion in the arts.
||I like this idea and would like a room full of these windows.
||[UB] Look at that picture (link) - pretty cool.