Matrix Bullet-Time Slow Motion Camera

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“Bullet time is a broken rule of the matrix that lets the one and the agents dodge bullets”

Nova Sensors has developed an ultra high speed camera for the Air Force that can see and track speeding bullets in real time airflight.  While a military camera today the potential implications are huge…

Current System and Its Intended Use:  The system as it is currently being developed has primary use as a bullet sniper detection and tracking system.  A round of gunfire can be seen and tracked by the ultra high speed cameras.  Automated systems will be developed to detect and follow and track the source of the gunfire.  For example, in JFK’s shooting this system could have seen the bullets, counted them, identified what kind of gun, and listed how many rounds and the source(s) of all of them. In the future an unamanned drone will then fly off and examine or eliminate the source.

You can see a prototype video of the system in action here:  It shows several bullets being tracked in flight.

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David Hambling’s analysis of the system reported on how this system of superhuman artifical eye works:

Nova Sensors’ system includes software that mimics the fovea in human and animal eyes. The fovea is the dense region of light receptors at the center of the eye used for detailed vision: reading, driving a car or examining objects closely.

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The electronic version consists of a sensor with a 320-by-256 array of pixels and software that concentrates on “areas of interest,” like a virtual fovea would do. The areas of interest are at maximum resolution, while everything else in VAST’s field of view is seen at a lower resolution. This two-tier system allows VAST to devote maximum processing power to certain areas, while monitoring a much wider field of view.

High-speed sensors traditionally require subjects to be lit by a strobe or flash photography — otherwise they’re too dark to detect. In contrast, the VAST system detects objects by the heat they emit instead of by the light. Because of this ability, the VAST sensor “sees” bullets in the midinfrared.

So you see it is yet another infrared next-generation visualization system. 

Geek Techno-wonk Explanations of how the system works can be found here. 

May Lead to Ultrafast Cameras: Nova CEO Massie believes that the development will lead to ultra-fast, ultra-compact cameras.  “Mimicking tracking functions of the human visual system will permit future infrared cameras to provide the most salient high-speed imagery in cameras that are very small in size, may be operated on battery power, and produce very low-output bandwidth data,” he says.

and ultra-high speed tiny low power cameras sound like medical and implantable biologic system analyzers to me…

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