For more Info about this project, please visit: http://cameraculture.info/news/
For biographical Info on Ramesh Raskar, One of the Top Innovators under 35, please visit: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/profile-raskar-0929.html
A paper "How to see around corners" published in Nature (International Weekly Journal of Science) can be found at
Why you should listen to Ramesh Raskar:
In 1964 MIT professor Harold Edgerton, pioneer of stop-action photography, famously took a photo of a bullet piercing an apple using exposures as short as a few nanoseconds. Inspired by his work, Ramesh Raskar and his team set out to create a camera that could capture not just a bullet (traveling at 850 meters per second) but light itself (nearly 300 million meters per second).
Stop a moment to take that in: photographing light as it moves. For that, they built a camera and software that can visualize pictures as if they are recorded at 1 trillion frames per second. The same photon-imaging technology can also be used to create a camera that can peer "around" corners , by exploiting specific properties of the photons when they bounce off surfaces and objects.
Among the other projects that Raskar is leading, with the MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture research group, are low-cost eye care devices, a next generation CAT-Scan machine and human-computer interaction systems. "Though photographs in the near future will still be composed by people holding cameras, it will gradually become more accurate to say pictures were computed rather than 'taken' or 'captured.'"
Photography is about creating images by recording light. Ramesh Raskar has invented a camera that can photograph light itself as it moves at, well, the speed of light.
Original Location of the above talk: http://on.ted.com/Raskar
G/D Coca Cola commercial in the exhibit!
That would be great for pictures of lightening and sprites. Now they use a camera originally used for nuclear bomb explosions.
This is very cool, but I agree with Chris, why the choice of a Coca Cola bottle? One without a label would have been more impressive; you could see better at the light scattering inside the bottle.
A label is OK, it shows that the action is happening behind it - so it doesn't look just like a flare. But a piece of duck tape would have done just find. Yes it's weird, perhaps they just did it and tried to get some money from Coca Cola afterward, and the great sodacorp declined.
Or just red transparent plastic.