Recently I was granted a Patent for the  ”Hologram Mirror”, being a new type of mirror for use in cosmetic and medical applications.

Here are links to the > Patent Application and > Specification.

How does the “Hologram Mirror” differ from ordinary mirrors ?
Well a plane mirror forms a rather cluttered image of the observer (perceptually) which must compete with images of all those objects which happen to be within the field of view. Additionally plane mirror images are not truly ‘life-like’; being hidden and somewhat inaccessible as they are behind a glass screen.

My method produces an image which floats in space in-front of the mirror surface ! When used by a person to look at his own reflection, the “Hologram Mirror” produces an image of the person’s face, but without the clutter of background images that are normally seen.

Sketch of the Hologram Mirror

A short explanation is useful. We refer to the drawing above. We can see that the mirrors labelled 2 and 3 form an upside-down image of a subject (1) at 4, whereupon a (partially transparent) mirror labelled as 5 re- images this intermediate image into an upright, life-sized reflection of a person (7) that is seen “floating” in space at a short distance in-front of the person (1).

Hologram Mirror – Concept

Hologram Mirror Prototype – 3D “floating-in-space” image of a 1 Euro Coin