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. The 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.
- Is a camera that tracks high speed objects like ping pong balls the next big thing?