It’s About Time: MIT scientist Ramesh Raskar takes us into the mind boggling world of femto photography in a…

It’s About Time: MIT scientist Ramesh Raskar takes us into the mind boggling world of femto photography in a brilliant TED talk that will have your jaw dropping! Some of you may recall the famous images of light captured traveling through a Coke bottle. Here’s the explanation, and much more.

#sciencesunday FTW

Originally shared by Simon Garnier

Not satisfied with your camera’s shutter speed? This guy has a solution for you 🙂

#scienceisawesome   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #slowmotion   #highspeedphotography  

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19 Responses to It’s About Time: MIT scientist Ramesh Raskar takes us into the mind boggling world of femto photography in a…


  1. Very cool – thanks so much for the link!

  2. Rajini Rao says:


    Lucky you! This is just amazing, inspiring technology. It’s going to be great for all sorts of applications.


  3. It is also a very good example of subliminal advertising 😦


    Pay attention to the slow motion beam of light, while impregnating your memory with a luminous bottle of Coca Cola Classic?

  4. Rajini Rao says:


    Fernando Doylet Auson , he goes out of his way to say that Coca Cola does not fund the research. I suspect they used the Coke bottle to impart an everyday common object familiarity instead of using a conical lab flask.

  5. Jim Carver says:


    That only works if you like the junk they are selling in the first place. Fernando Doylet Auson 

  6. Rajini Rao says:


    That’s right, I wouldn’t drink the stuff if it was free 🙂

  7. Rama Drama says:


    The thing that amazes me is that his team is putting it all for free in a time when Apple & Samsung are fighting over rounded rectangle boxes…glad there are still folks seeing the larger picture 🙂 Thanks for sharing Rajini Rao!

  8. Rajini Rao says:


    Thanks, praveen kulkarni . I was following right up to the last sentence, “he post processing then swaps the time dimension with a space dimension to give you a regular video”. Hmm, that’s not quite so intuitive to me.

  9. Rajini Rao says:


    Therein lies the beauty of academic research, Rama Drama . It’s driven by curiosity rather than share holder profits.


  10. My interpretation of the dimension swap was that it uses the timing data to calculate the spatial position of the object, so that you can see it as one static image rather than the rapid series of points that it actually “sees”.  It’s therefore not a direct swap of the form “this dimension is now spatial” but rather using the time dimension to calculate the spatial data, then omitting the time dimension from the final image.


  11. That’s awesome..gr8 link..thanx Rajini Rao ..


  12. unbelievable !!! Amazing…. short of words !!!

  13. Zach Taylor says:


    Thanks for sharing Rajini Rao, very cool!

  14. Rajini Rao says:


    Paul Nicholls , your explanation made sense, thanks!


  15. Hmm… If they can make it a little faster, could we then take pictures of the future?

  16. Rajini Rao says:


    That’s a provocative thought, Jimmy Shepard  🙂

  17. Manik Tyagi says:


    This one was really incredible.

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