Femto Photography: One Trillion Frames Per Second

Written by Taylor Habig on . Posted in Gadgets, Social Media, Technology


A new imaging technique so fast that we can literally see around corners and see inside people without x-rays.

What child hasn’t dreamt of having superpowers? Some kids never grow up, as scientists keep finding astounding ways to make those super dreams a reality. MIT Professor Ramesh Raskar has developed a camera system so unbelievably sensitive and outrageously fast that it has the ability to take slow motion videos of light in motion!

Femto-photography, as its called, allows for video to be captured at a rate of one trillion frames per second. That’s 1,000,000,000,000 stills every single second. Let your mind wrap around that if you will. A trillion is equal to a million, million. If you laid one trillion one dollar bills end to end, you could make a chain that stretched from Earth to the Moon and back again 200 times before you ran out! Ramesh Raskar says, “We can now look at the world at the speed of light.”

Although not commercialized yet, this technology is going to open up some fascinating doors as you can see in the video below.

What would you do if you had access to a femto camera?

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  • Trekkie


    Mind bending. I am not sure what I think of this, I am glad the video showed some potential scientific uses, the ability to “see” around corners could be lifesaving.


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