Using today's tech for an amazing view of the world

Glass breaks at an incredible speed. With today's technology we can expand 5 second of time into 20 hours and view what's going on at an incredible slow motion. Credit: The Slow Mo Guys

I remember when studying philosophy, the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras claiming "Man is the measure of all things". It made sense, and it kept making sense for two millennia. Then the "Man" started to use tools to augment his senses and reality started to change and diverge from the one we take for granted. 

This came to my mind as I watched the clip of two guys observing how glass breaks (see it below). 
Glass breaks at an incredible speed, too fast for our eyes to actually see it breaking. What we see is it as a whole and then as thousands of fragments and nothing in between.

Using today's technology (amazing what we have developed) they run a video camera to over 343,000 frames per second (the normal video is taken at 50 frames per second - or 60 - or 25...  Actually, 25 frames per second is close to the lowest thresholds where our eyes would perceive the image as a fluid motion, get below that and you start to see some hic ups).

At this rate, one seconds gets expanded into 4 hours of fluid video. Or, you can say that what's being recorded can be played back almost 7,000 times slower.

Funny to see how the clip closes: comparing the reaction of our eyes to a drop (a few actually) of water, 0,04 second (four hundredth of a second) vs the times it take to a glass to explode, one tenth of a thousandth of a second, 400 times faster.

And what is amazing is that these guys, take a look at their YouTube channel, are using a technology that is now mainstream (although their video camera is not cheap, at 150,000$).

Augmented reality, I feel, is going to provide a further twist to our view of reality. As the blending of atoms and bits becomes seamless our reality will morph into, yes, reality, but of a different sort, something that was not perceivable before.

I was thinking of this last week as I donned the HoloLens for the first time. If I could forget the weight of the lenses what I was seeng was just mesmerising. A perfect, natural blend of bits and atoms that in just five minutes started to make complete sense. I stepped into a new dimension, that became "my dimension".

Mmm, I wonder what Protagoras would say today...

Author - Roberto Saracco

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