Archive for July 2012
It’s 2012. And many of us no doubt imagined that flying cars would be all the rage by now. While that hasn’t happened yet, some major driving innovations are on their way down the pipeline.
In a new TEDTalk, Chris Gerdes of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (awesomely abbreviated as CARS) explains that he and his team are busy at work developing the motor vehicles of the future. One of their starting points? Studying the brainwaves of the best motorists in the world — professional race car drivers. The idea is to combine computer technology with human intuition and skill behind the wheel.
In honor of Gerdes’ work, here is a look at five cars we may be seeing a lot more of in the future. Sure, they don’t fly. But, hey, many allow you to sit back and enjoy the ride without having to do a…
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MIT professor Ramesh Raskar starts his talk by showing the classic Doc Edgerton photograph of an apple being shot by a bullet. It demonstrated an exposure of a millionth of a second. Wonderful, right? he asks us, to wide agreement. Only now, 50 years later, technology advances mean we can photograph a million times faster than this. “Now we can see the world at a trillion frames per second,” he says. “I present to you femto-photography, a new imaging technique so fast that it can create slow-motion videos of light in motion.”
What does this mean? Well, it means that now Raskar and co can create cameras that look around corners. “We can challenge what we mean by camera,” he says.
He shows video of a “bullet” of light passing through a Coke bottle. The film is silent and slow, and someone whoops excitedly as soon as it’s over…
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