Transparent Monitors!

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by SimonMTL, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. SimonMTL macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2005
    Montreal Canada
    You thought owning a Mac was cool?

    See what's brewing in our French cousins' artistic minds at this address:

    This is simply mindboggling!!

    How about it? Can anyone do better?!?


    C'mon North America, let's do one better against our friendly European Macheads!!!


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  2. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    Thats Pretty Insane... maybe on weekend ill try it :cool:
  3. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    That is freakin awesome! I hope they actually do make transparent screens one day. That would be so cool. Id be sold! :D
  4. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
  5. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    hot damn. So cool. So fresh. So in.

    So...... Clear.​
  6. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    That is very cool!
    I wonder how they got it perfectly matching like that.
  7. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Some of them look very fishy. You can shoot the PBs with a bluescreen desktop and later composite it in flawlessly. Maybe lighten or darken the monitor screen so it doesn't look too real.

    Some of them are fakes.
  8. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    Is this simply VERY good pics or some sort of other thing that I can't come up with a name for :confused:
  9. jwtillema macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    They're fakes!

    1) If they were real, why aren't there any pictures of the rear of the monitors?
    2) If you look at the pic of the Formac display, you can see the 3rd leg below the display, which should be mounted to the rear of the display in the middle somewhere, but strangely it's missing when looking through the display. Also missing is the cable from the iSight atop the monitor.
    3) In the picture of the powerbook sitting by the window in the dimly lit room, the window mouldings don't line up.
    4) There doesn't need to be a number 4. After 3 inconsistencies, I stopped looking. Sorry to burst everyone's bubble.
  10. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Why would there be?

    Just to clear something up. These illusions are done my having wallpapers on the desktop that matches of what would be there if the monitor were see through, right?
  11. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I think you could make one of these images by taking a photo with the monitor present, using a tripod, then repeating the photo with the monitor removed. Then you put the first photo over the second in Photoshop and make the screen area partially transparent. The monitor's screen would appear to see through to the background.
  12. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Reminds me of the computer screens they had in the film Minority Report.
  13. bellychris macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2003
    New Jersey
    yeah I thought it that was the purpose. Thats a great idea for stationary desktops
  14. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

    Jan 27, 2005
    I don't think any of them is real (in the way you want them to be)...

    I agree to Q's thinking.
  15. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Looks cool but would be a nightmare to work on, especially photo-retouching. I've also got a gripe with the semi-transparent menus in Office 2004.

    There's useful eye-candy and then there's ergonomically-unsound bells and whistles.
  16. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    While these may or may not be real, it is possible to do this as having the desktop's background be that image. Course in real-life, since you can see it at different angles, it would only work at one strict angle which would have to be determined prior to just shooting the photograph.

    But for just showing the photo, Doctor Q's way seems to work, especially with a laptop. Just sit in front of the laptop, take a picture of it, then put the lid down while keeping the camera at the same spot and take another picture. Then do the magic in Photoshop.

    Nonetheless, it's still a very interesting concept. It's similar to the one someone posted a while back where the background on the iMac G5 was a transparent image of the logic board and such behind the screen itself.
  17. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America


    All i did was set my camera up to the edges of the screen, close the lid. Then took the picture. Made that picture my desktop image and then took another photo making sure everything fits as best it can.

    Its fun and not hard. It isn't my destop picture btw, I just did it and went back my normal set of images.
  18. .dan macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2005
    Doncaster/Lincoln, UK
    :rolleyes: :D

    That's made my day that has. Of course they are fakes, silly. I think we'd know if there was transparent LCD screens available. They are all done with a camera and Photoshop (or another piece of image software)
  19. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Glad you're on the case, they almost had me fooled as well! :p :rolleyes: :D
  20. SimonMTL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2005
    Montreal Canada

    I am the originator of the thread, and I might have forgotten to explain how these pictures were made, simply because I didn't think there was a NEED for it! :rolleyes:

    ** Transparent monitors do not exist, these pictures are just optical illusions! :D

    Nobody has used a blue screen for it, then Photoshop - the whole point is to be able to create the illusion by just taking the right picture and aligning it properly.

    As ONE person figured out (Bravo CrackedButter!!!) you take a picture of the desk / background without the computer, then you crop it properly and use it as your desktop picture. You then put your monitor back on the table with your new desktop, and take a picture of that, making sure the illusion is complete and everything looks good (cables behind are always pretty entertaining and increase the effect!)

    Having 2 or 3 screens in the illusion makes it that much harder to create (but so much more impressive!)

    Have fun!
  21. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    No way! I could have sworn someone actually installed a transparent LCD screen AND an invisible logicboard on that iMac G5. :rolleyes: :p
  22. Peyote macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2002

    Wait you mean there are not really ibooks and powerbooks with transparent screens!?!?!

    LOL...I love all the "Pshop busters" these days...everyone thinks they know when something is photoshopped, and have to call it out to prove their superior photoshop skills or something.

    Of course it's fake people...Apple has not released laptops with transparent screens, and the method used is much easier than photoshopping. It's a matter of taking a photo of what's behind your screen and setting it as the desktop wallpaper.

    Now if someone could figure out how to turn an iSight around backwards and have the video from it be the wallpaper, that'd be something special!
  23. Peyote macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2002

    thanks I'm depressed. :p
  24. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    No one noticed on the iMac G5 pics that the screen had no computer chips etc behind it nor the power cord lol.
  25. Peyote macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2002

    Aha! So these effects are fake then! :D

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