100 billion fps camera (yes, really) created by researchers

100 billion fps camera (yes, really) created by researchers
(Image credit: Lihong Wang / Caltech)

An ultra-fast 3D camera has been created by Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Lihong Wang and his team at Caltech. This camera is capable of capturing 100 billion frames per second, which is actually a glacial pace compared with Wang's previous project – a 70 trillion frames per second camera. However, this reduction in fps speed has meant that the camera is capable of shooting in three dimensions for even more detail.

This 100 billion fps camera produces 'single-shot stereo-polarimetric compressed ultrafast photography' (SP-CUP), which is a technology that is capable of recording video at incredibly fast speeds in 3D. The design of the camera is based on how humans perceive depth – using our two eyes to determine how close or far away an object is. 

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