5 Optical Illusion Gadgets Tested and Ranked


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Now today I've got five optical illusion gadgets Do they really work? Let's check it out in today's video Alright I got five items ranging in price from 14 bucks all the way up to $180, and yes I paid for them all myself No freebies here So let's get started with the first one, hologram projector

Now when you think hologram projector you think of some high-tech device that's gonna get you thousands of dollars No, not in this case This is a cheap hologram projector Check it out Alright let's try this hologram projector

Very high-tech Let me show you how it works First you need a phone You're going to search for a hologram video on your phone and notice there's an X right there That is where you place this device

Placing it right in the middle of the X and I will stick my finger in there and press the play button And? And there you go It's pretty cool It's kind of holographic What do you guys think? Where'd it go? Let me try a different video

It's pretty cool I think it's pretty cool It's just I wish it was a lot bigger I wish was about 10 times bigger than this Oh there we go So yeah, I mean I think the hologram projector might be a little bit more high-tech sounding than this This is more of a mirror

It just it's basically taking what's on your phone and kind of making a hologram-ish image out of it It's not real bright

It's not real big and I think $17 for two of these was a bit expensive I think it should be less than that I think there are other vendors out there that sell them cheaper than that This is just the one that I found that was shipped in a decent amount of time Might be kind of cool for a few seconds but the novelty wears off pretty quickly

I've had this for a couple of weeks now and I don't ever use it But it's worth checking out What do you guys think? Have you guys ever used one of these before? Next up we've got a USB clock fan that spins and tells the time Let's open it up and check it out I've got my computer here

I'm gonna plug it in and according these instructions the time should be somewhat easy to set Let's try it out All right it's plugged in Let's try the on/off switch and Oh we've got a clock Oh! My camera is not picking up what I'm seeing What I'm seeing is a static image Let me mess with my camera settings and try to get it right for you

That's about as good as I can do with my camera but you can see how it looks like a static fan and you can even see the second hand moving around the clock itself Let me try to set the time here Whoa this is how you set the minute hand You have to kind of just time it I guess that's

I guess that's close I think the I think the clock is finally set now I just kind of want to think maybe since you're plugging it into a computer, you would think that it wouldn't be that hard for it to just read the time off the computer rather than have to deal with that

But that being said, it is pretty cool Look at that Let me try the fan itself I'll just sit here on my computer with a nice breeze as I'm looking at the time staring me right in the face It'd be nice if there was some sort of a variety to this because the clock is cool but eventually you don't really care about the clock anymore

It'd be cool if it had some sort other things you could do in there, but So it's a simple design I think it works pretty well

It actually is pretty cool It's decent as a fan so I think that it's alright It only cost me 14 bucks which isn't terrible I don't think It's completely useless You're not gonna really need to have a need for this and it's actually kind of hard to film, too

The geek factor is there People will definitely be asking about this if you have one of these attached to your computer But let's let's move to the big leagues now for my $180 holographic fan Now these things can run all the way up to a thousand dollars This is on the low end because I didn't want to spend a thousand dollars and not have it work None of these really have great reviews but let me crack this open and see how it works Went from a big box do a little bit smaller box

The tension mounts Oh now we're getting somewhere I'm definitely gonna have to sit down these instructions for a little bit and figure this out People on Amazon were saying this wasn't the easiest to set up but I'll figure it out Alright I've got to interrupt this regularly-scheduled review to go on a little rant about this next product

Alright this product is listed as an Amazon's Choice and the pictures showed it with the us adapter So what I wanted to do with this next product was I read some instructions, I figured I would check out the software instead of fumbling around on the camera and doing that, and I would just make sure I got it working properly before I go to demonstrate it Well when I pulled it out of the box and go to plug it in, I get this That is not a US

plug which is shown in the pictures on Amazon How dare you bait-and-switch me with a plug that doesn't work So I'm here at Best Buy right now I had to get an adapter to actually use this thing I just spent more money on it

Not happy about that When I first put the memory drive on my computer, the computer crashed The software is complete garbage When I went to import a PNG file on there, the software crashes When you hit the question mark for help, it doesn't show anything

It's just I'm off to a bad start so this thing had better blow me away because right now the setup is not impressing me very much at all And the fact that I had to spend more money on this thing is really not sitting too well with me

So I head back home and see if I can get this thing to actually work Now back to your regularly-scheduled program Now here's a few things about this fan First of all, it comes with an SD card that goes right there And the software that comes with it, it's a little bit weird

Like you can't run it from the SD card You have to copy your hard drive, run it from there, and then copy it back to the SD card The instructions don't say that I learned that from the Amazon page The other thing is I tried putting a few of my pictures and video on here, which I'll show you, and they didn't really come out so great

The demo looks good So I'm sure that those are fixable problems but right out of the box I'm having problems getting the format to look good I also found out that when you first plug it in, it immediately turns on and this is kind of a heavy-duty fan so you have to be careful about that There's a remote control that's barely mentioned in the instructions It says A and B

This is on and off but I found I have to hit each one about four or five times for it to actually work I'm gonna plug it in, watch this Immediately working Can't see it from this angle One

Of course if it works after one time when I'm filming And here we go This is the demo

It looks pretty good, right? Looks like it's floating right there in my living room but it's just a fan that's spinning with LED lights Now when I tried mine you'll see how they look Not quite as good This is the video of myself It does actually fix itself

There I am floating in my living room Very cool The next one I did was my logo and that's how it turned out I tried a couple different formats, neither one really worked So if there's better instructions I might be able to figure that out

I'm sure there is a solution but I haven't figured out just yet The video of me looks pretty cool when it works but it doesn't work the whole time It's kind of a loud fan and here's the funny thing I don't feel any breeze from this fan at all I feel more of a breeze on the other side of it

There's no way to switch direction There's no way to skip the current video The remote is just on or off For 180 bucks I feel like I should have got a little more than that It is a really cool effect

I think it's a really great idea but I just think the implementation could use some work The instructions could be a lot better It's also not quite as quiet as I expected it to be It's kind of like a loud fan and there's no speed control so that would be something else I like the idea but for 180 bucks it should work better than that in my opinion

What do you guys think? This is the Euler's Disk There's a sharper edge and a smoother edge here You're gonna spin it smooth edge down and you also have three different magnetic faces you can place on there I'm gonna try this one first What you do is slap it on there

It stays easily and then you're gonna spin it on this mirror that's included What I'm gonna do now is put some overhead lights on to illuminate this and then I'm gonna spin it Alright the lighting is kind of weird in here but it'll help this stand out better on camera I believe So here we go Whoa how cool is that? It looks almost like a spherical crystal ball

The pattern on the face is actually changing shapes as it's moving around It's very hypnotic The squares in the pattern are actually kind of slowly spinning Whoa look at that It's getting faster and faster too

It's still going! Look at that, how cool is that? Whoa! Oh! Wow that was so awesome! Very very cool I've gotta do this a couple more times What I think I'm going to do is, without showing the entire spin for both, I'm going to try real quickly showing what the other two faces look like Because you do get a few options here, so let's check those out Face number two

This reminds me of the this futuristic computer in The Time Machine movie where they spun these discs I feel like it's some Star Trek episode "Spock don't look at the light!" Oh here it goes Whoa Oh I love that ending

Alright let me show the last face One more This is more of a speckled look You can see that it is like greens and reds mainly in there It's also kind of a flicker so you might want to keep that in mind as well

That might be one of the funnest gadgets I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing on this channel Very very cool I'd never heard of until recently I'm glad I did This is an awesome product

32 bucks and I think I'll be getting my money's worth very soon By the way under a UV light it's really cool Hah! That never gets old, especially under UV light Very cool Next up at 24 bucks I've got this optical illusion desk spinner

I don't really have a name for it Is that the name of it? I'm not sure I don't even know what that means This is the large of the two that they offer, which is still pretty small It also is a spinning an optical illusion

Let's see how this one looks Alright that's pretty cool It kind of looks like, almost like water rippling off of there I'm feeling it Kind of

I think it's pretty cool I paid 24 bucks for this one 32 bucks for this one I think I'd spend more money for $32 on this one You can spin either direction

You can have the lines looking like they're moving up or look like it's moving down Which one would you pick? I know which one I would pick Let's have a little fun and see which one lasts longer between the Euler's Disk and the transfer gyro I think they're calling this I'll get my stopwatch out and see which one actually spins the longest Here we go

I'll spin one then the other I'll spin them both as hard as I can and again it's not scientific But I'm going to spin both them as hard as I can and see which one lasts longer Let's go And now we wait

The tension is killing me The tension mounts Get at my UV light and make this some fun Whoa I use this to hunt scorpions by the way

It's actually quite effective here in the desert But I digress Uh-oh I think this is gonna be the winner 145 for the Euler's Disk and this one is still spinning I can see how if I spun one slightly harder than the other it might have been different but see how long this one goes

It's still going I gotta say a very impressive showing over four minutes There it goes A very impressive four minutes and 34 seconds Even though I think this is way cooler, this one wins the longevity battle between the two of them

So let's do a quick recap and I'll rank these from my favorite to least favorite I will say my least favorite is probably this one because it was the most expensive and the most problematic I do think the problems I had can probably be fixed but I've had to tinker around with this a lot already just to get the software to work The instructions are horrible I just feel like for the amount of money I spent that I shouldn't have to struggle so much with it

I think there's a lot of potential here and there might be other models that work better This one I'm a little disappointed with Keep watching my social media and I'll probably post pictures of this later on if I get working properly Number 4 I'll take the hologram projector only because it's just a cheap piece of plastic That's all it is

To call this a projector is really pushing it And there's cheaper ones out there that are probably a little better deal The one I paid for was a little bit overpriced I think And not to mention that it's kind of dim It's not really a true hologram

It's just more of a mirror It's not that great It's okay I would have paid two dollars for it and been happier I would say number three on my list, it's a close number three, is this spinner right here

I think the only reason I would put this number three is because it really doesn't do that much I mean once you spin it you just kind of stare at it and it doesn't really change It just the effect is cool but eventually you're not gonna stare at this for four or five minutes Cool idea $24 seems a bit steep for this I think if it was ten or twelve dollars it might be worth it Number two I'm gonna say is the clock fan that actually I was able to get to work with a regular battery pack

So it doesn't just go in your computer, it can go in any USB I think the fact that it's only fourteen bucks, and it does work pretty much as advertised, pretty easy to set the time, I think that this one qualifies it as a good number two And of course the obvious number one will be the Euler's Disk This thing is fun to watch, it's fun to spin, it's fun to try the different faces on it It's well-made

This thing isit's very heavy I just think this is my favorite one of these and I've actually shown quite a few people this and they've all been pretty mesmerized by it

So to me the Euler's Disc is the number one choice of my favorite optical illusion of this batch Have you guys tried any of these optical illusions? Tell me what you think in the comments below Please follow my social profiles for progress pictures, videos as I go And subscribe for more product reviews from me James White with Freakin' Reviews

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