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"If you convert your bicycle to become a
Cycloscope, folk who see you riding by
be treated to the spectacle of seeing the
frantic hare that perpetually pursues the
"Is that so Stefan?" his old friend Gustaf
exclaimed, eyebrows raised
- Id like
to see that. "I'd better explain it
all to you then."
To get started you need a copy of
Eadweard Muybridge's book of
photographs "Animals in motion" and
make copies of the running hare and the
You then need to transfer the sequences
unto metal sheets and cut out the
individual animal frames with a piercing
saw. Once you have cut them out, you
space the hares out equally and attach
them to the spokes of the rear wheel in a
circle just inside the edge of the tyre.
do the same with the tortoise on the
The second installation consists of two
small strobe lights which are attached to
each wheel, and are directed towards the
point of contact of the wheel and the
These are synchronised to flash once as
each animal is at the lowest point in its
circular travel. This results in the animal
being illuminated like a film reel.
Everything is now in place for you to
demonstrate your new Cycloscope. Now
you cycle along, the flashing strobe will
have the effect of creating an animation
both the tortoise and the hare, but
separated by the fixed space between the
front and back wheels.
For really dramatic effect, attach it all to
penny-farthing style bike. The frantically
running hare on the tiny rear wheel then
pursues the sedately confident tortoise,
ambling along on the gently turning
orbit of the front wheel.
For even more fun, chose other animals:
eg a giraffe can be seen chasing a
or a small naked man can run after a
human figure and animals in motion [xenzag, Mar 09 2007]
would look good on one of these [xenzag, Mar 09 2007]
The MonkeyLectric Video Pro M464Q
//The system displays moving full color images filling the space of a bike wheel// [pocmloc, Jun 10 2010]
Pac man and ghost version
DIY job from 2006 [pocmloc, Jun 10 2010]
reminds me of this [simonj, Feb 22 2012]
||Actually, if you cycle at night in a well-lit city, you won't need your own strobe light as gas-discharge streetlights strobe (in the UK) at 50Hz.
||I know that, but you need to synch the
flashes with the speed of the bicycle so
you do need the strobe. If you relied on
street lamps, the wheels would have to
turn at 50 revs per sec and be equipped
with a shutter mechanism..... this is
||Not really - you don't need a shutter mechanism because the streetlamp is a strobe light. If you travel 10mph on 27" diameter wheels your wheels rotate almost exactly twice per second so the images spaced around your wheel will appear animated but also racing around the wheel as you travel.
||small ...... naked .....man......running .... after......a....... pigeon???????
||you could be right Hippo... wouldn't be
too hard to test it out - I already have
to all Muybridge books. Strobe would
provide intense focus on one area
though, and create illusion of figures
running along at ground level.
||I once stuffed a magnet in the spokes of my bike and taped a magnetic reed switch to the forks to get a signal each time the wheel rotated. (I took wires up to a calculator, soldered them across the "=" button, and had it constantly add the wheel circumference to make an odometer.)
||You could stick an LED inside each cutout and have it flash.
||This idea is clever and would look great. [+]
||Slotted full wheel covers would work in daylight, the cutouts would 'strobe' as they passed the slot. You could even have different animals on the wheels spaced as different radii. Moving the slot closer or farther from the axle would select which animation to run.
||This is awesome wow [xenzag] +
||It's great, and the strobe will help with vis at night
||[Ian], I just re-read your anno, again. That was beautiful. (I should have said so earlier.)
||Can I have running hamsters on mine?
||Epic! Gimme Ms. Pacman giving chase to ghost. [+]
||LBF, well I'll be...How the hell are you???
||And you are right. One great idea.
||I'll have an animation of some ridiculously complex steam powered mechanism which appears to be driving the wheels, please.
||[Fort]! So good to see you again. That "Monkey Lectric" video rox - I want one. Or two.
||"this is rather impractical"
||been on FB too long, I was looking for the like button.
||just wondering how large the wheel would have to be if you wanted
to show the whole of The Matrix?
||//A Small Naked Man Persuing A Large Pigeon// Sp.: