MIT has already helped create a camera that can take pictures around corners, as well as the world’s “slowest fastest camera” — one that’s able to shoot one trillion frames per second. Now, thanks to MIT alum Corey Jaskolski, the Institute can also lay claim to a new robotic, 3D camera system responsible for taking “the world record-setting, highest-resolution underwater image,” according to alumni blog a Slice of MIT.
Logged at 2.6 gigapixels, a new YouTube video shows the robotic camera system in action. Developed by Jaskolski, a National Geographic Innovation Fellow, the camera captured images from a flooded cave in the Yucatan, where they may have found the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas.
Jaskolski told a Slice of MIT that the robotic camera is the world’s first underwater panoramic system, claiming:
It uses very high precision stepper motors (3.6 million microsteps per revolution, which is 0.36 arcseconds of angular resolution) to precisely position the camera in pan and tilt. The battery-powered system is controlled by a tiny embedded Linux computer running at 720MHz, which takes less than 5W.
While at MIT, Jaskolski headed up the Bluefin Robotics team, also developing the world’s “first pressure-tolerant lithium-polymer battery pack, used by autonomous underwater vehicles for ocean exploration,” according to National Geographic. The technology was actually used on the vehicles that explored the inside of the Titanic, and Jaskolski, himself, was given the opportunity to descend to the wreck.
What record will this MIT alum break next?