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The mirror that gives a true reflection


An inventor has designed the first mirror which gives a true reflection – and not a mirror image.

Andrew Hicks’ creation has several tiny curves and bends in different directions which flip a mirror image back the right way.

Text can be viewed from left to right and, if you raise a hand while looking in the mirror, your reflection appears to be raising the opposite.

Mr Hicks, a mathematician at Drexel University in Philadelphia, used computer algorithms to find the ­dimensions and angles need to make his invention work.

The 42-year-old has spent years creating different mirrors and has also made ones which eliminate distortion or give wide angle views.

The reflection we see in a conventional mirror is shifted from left to right, so text appears back to front.

Normal mirrors simply bounce light from an object back to the viewer.

The unique shape of Mr Hicks’ design directs light from an object, across the mirror face and back to the viewer, which flips the mirror image.

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