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Gallery: The next generation of mirrors
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 12:48
Image: Andrew HicksSee mirrors that can reflect text without reversing it, help robots climb stairs and more.

Mathematician Andrew Hicks at Drexel University, Philidelphia, has developed sophisticated computer models that make it possible to do things with mirrors never achieved before.

By calculating how to vary the way each of tens of thousands of points on a mirror's surface reflects light he can create mirrors that do amazing things. For example, reflecting text without reversing it or capturing a full 360º scene without distorting objects.

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