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Submission + - SPAM: Another "What Color Is This Object" Optical Illusion Preoccupies The Internet

dryriver writes: First there was the photo of a dress that broke the internet — some people thought the dress was distinctly white and gold, others swore that it was blue and black. The BBC now reports on a photo of tennis balls that some people on the intertubes think are yellow, and others think are green. What seems a bit silly this time around — apart from the fact that the balls seem to use fluorescent paint and are lit largely from directly above by colored sunlight, and from below by light bouncing up from the colored tennis court surface into the shadow area at the bottom of the balls, resulting in what I see as a vertical yellow-to-green gradient on the balls — is that everybody looking at this photo is almost certainly looking at it on an LCD or LED screen of varying price, quality, screen technology, color gamut capability, contrast/black tones capability, calibration and brightness measured in NITs. So even though "science experts" are already weighing in with "theories" of how "different people's brains may see different colors when looking at the same image" and somesuch, and even Roger Federer has weighed in with his opinion, this particular "color illusion" may actually partly reflect the fact that there are many, many cheaply manufactured, underperforming and also poorly calibrated LCD and LED panels in peoples' electronic devices today, particularly in budget-priced laptop computers where manufacturers tend to drive the price down a few Dollars by skimping on putting a good quality LED panel in the device. Depending on how good the panel is with color reproduction, how it is calibrated, how good the backlighting is and other factors, this particular "optical illusion" that apparently fascinates the internet may have more to do with some device screens being very good at reproducing photographed images faithfully, and some being positively terrible at reproducing photographed images faithfully. Rather than being overly amazed by this "illusion of the eye and brain", a technologist might ask "Isn't it time that there was some kind of image reproduction standard or technological innovation for ensuring that screens made by a very wide swathe of different manufacturers reproduce images and videos on the internet in a more standardized, uniform way?" Technicolor and HP Monitors attempted this with the "Technicolor Color Certified" program a while ago, but it doesn't seem like anybody outside the field of professional audiovisual content production cared much about it.
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Another "What Color Is This Object" Optical Illusion Preoccupies The Internet

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