Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe Hybrid Image

Posted on June 15, 2009  Comments (9)

Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe Hybrid ImageThis image looks like Albert Einstein up close. If you back up maybe 3-5 meters it will look like Marilyn Monroe. Image by Dr. Aude Oliva.

Hybrid images paper by Aude Oliva, MIT; Antonio Torralba, MIT; and Philippe G. Schyns University of Glasgow.

We present hybrid images, a technique that produces static images with two interpretations, which change as a function of viewing distance. Hybrid images are based on the multiscale processing of images by the human visual system and are motivated by masking studies in visual perception. These images can be used to create
compelling displays in which the image appears to change as the viewing distance changes. We show that by taking into account perceptual grouping mechanisms it is possible to build compelling hybrid images with stable percepts at each distance.

Hybrid images, however, contain two coherent global image interpretations, one of which is of the low spatial frequencies, the other of high spatial frequencies.

For a given distance of viewing, or a given temporal frequency a particular band of spatial frequency dominates visual processing. Visual analysis of the hybrid image still unfolds from global to local perception, but within the selected frequency band, for a given viewing distance, the observer will perceive the global structure of the hybrid first, and take an additional hundred milliseconds to organize the local information into a coherent percept (organization of blobs if the image is viewed at a far distance, or organization of edges for close viewing).

Very cool stuff.

Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe Hybrid ImageThis is just a smaller image of the above (all I did was shrink the size). For me, this already looks like Marilyn Monroe, but also needs a shorter distance to see the image seem to change.

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9 Responses to “Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe Hybrid Image”

  1. sovi
    June 17th, 2009 @ 4:22 am

    ya..I see marilyn was smiling in 3 meters… ! Technology can do anything, right..?

  2. Gaurav
    June 18th, 2009 @ 6:07 am

    This illusion is great. It looks Monroe even by streaching eyelids with finger. Great photos just saved on my pc. Is there any software to super impose and make similar illusion on any other two photos ? Rds, Gaurav

  3. Roy
    June 18th, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    This was awesome. I saw this pop up a while ago on digg or something like that. Makes you think…

  4. Anonymous
    June 21st, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

    This image just prove that technology has change the way we visualize life. We can change certain things by technology especially in this photo. I never thought that Albert Einstein is somehow looks like Marylin Monroe in just some editing. What a wonderful technology.

  5. Dave Brown
    June 22nd, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    Personally, no offense, but this is kinda creepy to me. Albert E. Idol, Marilyn sex goddes, together… totally creepy.

  6. Will Hall
    June 26th, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    This is a very cool concept, much like stenography but you ge tthe dual tone interpratations, I always found these and the images made up of a series of other images to be an insight into how our brain works.

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