While slow-motion video capture is becoming increasingly common — earlier we covered Aptina’s chip that will do it in a phone — there’s a huge difference between the standard 2-4x speed change, and “super slo-mo” that can yield magical imagery that lets us see the world in new ways.
A new $5,500 camera captures 192×96 video at 17,000 frames per second. At 1280×1024, it takes a “still impressive” 500 fps.
It’s the size of an SLR. Competing high-speed cameras can cost 10–100x as much, and are much larger. The Edgertronic uses existing components, including an off-the-shelf 18x14mm CMOS sensor.
Edgertronic, co-founded by “the legendary MIT professor of electrical engineering who pioneered stroboscopic photography,” is “accelerating democratization of formerly elite technology,” reports O’Reilly.com’s Radar.
Applications include the arts and filmmaking, industry and research — but the co-inventor says it is “a microscope for time. We want to help people see how things really work. When you slow things down, you see they often don’t function anything like you supposed.”