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Monday
May152017

The Gakken WorldEye

This unusual device intrigued me so much, I just had to buy one and try it out for myself.  Watch the video below to learn more about what it does, then read the paragraphs below for a bit of behind the scenes info.

While I was putting this video together it began to occur to me that it probably wouldn’t be of interest to most of my subscribers.  I therefore kept the video brief, uploaded it youtube and moved onto making the next one. However when I released the video early on Patreon, the response was a lot more positive than I expected. A few people wanted to know more about some of the features I’d skirted over and Anders from eox.no offered to try to create some new videos for it. 

After he sent me over his new videos and they worked perfectly I returned to my video review, took it down and re-edited it to include an extra five minutes of demonstrations. In an unusual turn of events, the act of reviewing something has actually increased it’s ‘usefulness’.   So now if you do import a Worldeye you’ll have something else to play on it other than the original Japanese clips. 

Purchasing

You’ll be importing from Japan - so turn on international search in abay and you may also end up paying duties.

ebay UK  US  CA  DE  AU  NL  AT

Amazon UK  US 

Prices vary wildly...so choose a seller carefully as they are all offering the same device. 

New Videos For the Worldeye

The newly created videos for the Worldeye can be downloaded from here. These were all created by Anders Enger Jensen - who is also the talented musician behind the Retro cassette seen in a couple of recent videos. His website can be found here. 

I'd ask that you kindly only download the videos if you own a Worldeye as they don't display properly on a traditional screen. 

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Reader Comments (16)

I went to a female doctor for the first time yesterday. The first thing she said was "You must stop masturbating immediately!". I asked why. She said "Because I'm trying to examine you!"

tee hee hee

May 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermesh

It looks like the stand is flimsy enough that you could probably get away with rotating the device 90 degrees to pull it out and adjust it, rather than having to disconnect everything.

May 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

In the 1980s the MIT Media Lab experimented with a telepresence system that used plastic "faces" that they would project a video image of the remote person. They called it "Talking Heads." From what I understand it was a pretty convincing demo in that most people thought it was pretty creepy. I wonder if this thing could be adapted for that purpose?

https://vimeo.com/13697257

May 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterReadyKilowatt

Fascinating, as always Mat!
I recently took some photos using an 8mm fisheye lens that has a 180 degree view - I wonder what they'd look like projected into the Worldeye? I can't decide whether they'd look relatively normal or doubly distorted.
Here's a Dropbox link in case you're tempted to try! https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ojcziiv86a7h6fw/AADLfzSy4ho4jsj2Ufmypizga?dl=0

Regards,

Roland

May 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Greetings, I enjoyed the video and was very interested in this product. I promptly ordered one. I downloaded the files your friend made as well. Very cool gadget. I was wondering could you ask him to make a rotating deathstar loop?

Many thanks
Robert

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobert israel

Just received mine today and the remote doesn't work. I tried 3 new batteries and nothing. It only takes one right?

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobert israel

Yes it just takes the one battery. I've never figured out where you have to point the remote at - I think the receiver is somewhere inside the screen. All I can suggest is to try it in a different location in case something in the room is throwing out a load of IR...but that's very unlikely. Sorry I can't help any more.

June 1, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

- Good and interesting vid.
- It's a device waiting for a good use.
- Needs someone to make some good content that makes the best of it.
- I have seen the "Talking Heads" thing mentioned above it was at a historical visitor atraction somewhere - as you approached a display a blank head suddenly came alive and welcomed you and told you all about the scene - it was very good - can see how some would find it creepy.
- seeing the worldeye reminded me of the "Talking Heads" thing.

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Owen

Anyone able to advise on PSU for this. Looking at buying one and seller says "Power plug is for Japan use. AC 100V 800W 50/60Hz for Japan The voltage for this electronic device is 100V and made for Japan usage ONLY. In order for you to use this device outside Japan where the voltage is higher than 100V such as 200V-240V. You are required to use a transformer to adjust the voltage to your local country. "

I'd rather just have a new UK PSU so anyone know the voltage.current and plug details please?

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames

My adaptor is multi-voltage, if I were you I'd wait until it arrives before you do anything.

June 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Do you know the name of the type of projection used to generate the videos?
I've just ordered one and I'm interested in creating my own videos for it.

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBruce

I'm sorry, I'm not quite with you...do you mean the technology of the Pico projector? I'd guess at LCOS.

June 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sorry, should have been clearer. I mean the warping effect used in the video files to get them to show up correctly.
I've tried recreating the particular distortion with various lens correction filters, but can't quite get it right.

June 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Anyone have any idea how to make this thing continuously play? It seems to freeze after the video hits one loop.

June 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

hello, Techmoan, you are so professional in 360 camera, articles about 360 camera are useful for us, will you consider to do a review for xiaomi mijia 360 camera?

June

June 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJune gearbest

How about a video on dynamic/range expander-compressor. I've had mine sine 1981, and its still going strong... and also one about the Accutrac +6 turntable...always want to know how it worked..

Keep em coming techmoan

July 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertj

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