August 17, 2012

The NBT: Ping-Pong Cam

Is a camera designed to follow the bouncing ball the next big thing?

Jessica: It is our first Next Big Thing of the school year. And we are kicking it off with a camera that would have been perfect at the Olympics, especially for all those table tennis games.

The tiny ball is tough to follow. World-class players can hit the ball up to 65 miles an hour.

Now scientists at a university in Japan have invented a camera-tracking system that can follow fast-moving objects and keep them in the center of the picture.┬áThe camera itself doesn’t move. Instead, two mirrors follow the action.

One of the researchers says the group hopes to come up with a way for it to be used in other sports, like tennis and soccer.

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