The researchers at MIT have succeeded in building a camera whose technology could someday change the way we take photos.
At first blush, MIT’s one-trillion frame per second camera seems to be just another piece of very expensive research equipment. Coming in right around $250,000, it falls just a bit outside what we might consider “consumer grade.”
But it’s not the camera itself, which uses all sorts of fancy technology to track how packets of light move through our world, that impresses me. It’s the potential this technology has to eliminate issues like flash blowout when using point and shoot cameras.
Media Lab Associate Professor Ramesh Raskar said in a statement that their ultimate dream is to “create studio like lighting using just a compact flash.” According to Professor Raskar, using this photon capturing technology one might be able to “analyze how the photons are traveling through the world. And… recreate a new photo by creating the illusion that the photons started somewhere else.”
Of course this remains only a dream, but it seems the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have just moved us one step closer to what I’ll deem “Idiot Proof Photography.” No skill? No light? No problem!