Kaleidoscope glasses have become popular in recent years, especially in the music festival and rave scene. These glasses can create some truly stunning visual effects, but have you ever wondered how they work? In this blog post, we will explore the mechanics behind kaleidoscope glasses.
Kaleidoscope glasses work by utilizing the principles of reflection and refraction, yep we’re about to get nerdy. The glasses are typically made with a prism, which is a block of glass or other transparent material that has flat, polished surfaces at an angle to each other. When light enters a prism, it is refracted, or bent, and separated into different colours.
The prism in kaleidoscope glasses is usually triangular in shape, with a reflective surface on one side. As light enters the triangular prism, it is reflected off the reflective surface and refracts through the other sides of the prism. This creates multiple reflections of the same image, which is what creates the kaleidoscope effect.
The number of images reflected depends on the number of side. Pretty cool ey!
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