Wednesday, July 25, 2012

High-speed video and robotics

Any time you see high speed video, (bullet through a lightbulb, raindrop in a puddle, that kind of thing,) it’s a static shot. The camera doesn’t move. I hadn’t really registered that until it was pointed out in a short movie produced by The Marmalade.

Older readers might recall the ‘60’s group Marmalade. Well this isn’t them. The Marmalade is a German marketing company that specializes in novel video sequences. They’ve put together a movie to showcase their work.

Now most of this is all very pretty, artsy stuff, but at about the 2.30 mark it gets really interesting. Turns out they’ve mounted a high speed camera on the end of a robot. With this, not only can they record a glass falling over, but they can follow it’s trajectory to the floor. That’s something I’ve never seen before.

It’s also interesting to see that they’ve painted the robot flat black. I assume that’s to eliminate any stray light reflections.

Yes, this is a little off-topic, but I thought it might inspire you to greater heights in your machine vision endeavors.

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