When I first saw this video, my jaw was hanging open. This new dynamic target tracking camera is absolutely outstanding, capable of following extremely fast moving objects as well as able to project images on fast moving objects. It's something out of science fiction, and I love it.
"Ordinarily, to change the direction a camera faces, you move the camera mechanically. But in this system, it's not the camera that moves, it's the mirrors. This makes it possible to change where you're looking really quickly. In this demonstration, we're tracking a table tennis ball. The ball moves extremely fast, but this system can keep compensating for the ball's motion, so the ball stays in the middle of the image."
This device consists of two mirrors for pan and tilt, and a group of lenses that can be controlled down to the millisecond. Each of the mirrors can move independently so that it can continue to follow high speed objects accurately regardless of the size of the actual camera used.
Oh, and like I mentioned earlier, it can project images onto those fast moving objects as well.
Amazing. Thanks to Sandro for the tip!
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