A short introduction to highspeed imaging

Business owners worldwide depend and rely heavily on the machines, tools and devices they use within their facilities, many of which are used on a daily basis. It’s safe to say businesses that specialize in one type of product or work appreciate in the manufactures and designers behind the parts and tools that make their company what it is today. High speed imaging cameras for instance, they may not sound like a household gadget but these cameras help shape and form entire industries and the tests needed to be performed.

High speed imaging cameras have remarkably enhanced the production process for companies specializing in specific studies for years and without this amazing tool there would be numerous subjects we would be completely in the dark about. Crash testing is a perfect example; these cameras are specially placed on a vehicle to capture the effects of the impact a crash has on the passengers inside. The cameras capture every inch of the vehicle and can be played back in slow motion to accurately view the details of how the passengers’ bodies reacted and moved during the impact. This form of testing has saved countless lives and has made the vehicles on our roads far safer.

Another area of expertise where these cameras have helped advanced the industry is in the science spectra with biomechanical analysis. It is rather common for high speed imaging to be used in scenarios surrounding science. There are countless events that occur that would be highly beneficial to be able to precisely analyze and document; such events, especially in science, occur at a rate that is far too fast for the more traditional and common cameras or film speeds to capture. In biomechanics, high speed cameras are used to capture animal movements that occur at an extremely high speed rate; for example, a humming bird gathering pollen, an insect (mosquito) feeding, seahorse giving birth, etc. Of course, there are other areas in science these cameras can be used, just like with any subject that is so vast in diversity.

In short, high speed imaging is an advanced yet surprisingly simple process or technique that allows the recording of a specific event or motion at a frame rate that is significantly higher than the norm and the images are played back at a much more slower rate to adequately visualize the event for analysis, study or even leisure. There are many companies and labs that depend on numerous machines and advances in technology, such as high speed imaging, significantly in order to accurately perform tasks and tests needed to sufficiently study and analyze a specific subject matter.