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Read about some of the many different ways the Phantom digital high-speed cameras are used.

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Explosives Engineering: High Speed Imagery for Research and Experimentation

08/28/2013

Put a high-speed camera in the hands of almost anyone, and the first thing they film is likely to be an explosion. It is fun watching a watermelon explode into thousands of micro-sized pieces in slow motion. However, the use of high-speed imaging to view and analyze explosives is serious business at the Colorado School of Mines. Understanding the best way to apply explosives to accomplish
an objective is an area of continuous research and the results benefit industries ranging from construction to mining to defense.

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High-Speed Cameras Make Sound Visible and Improve Noise Absorbers

07/23/2013

Enduring excessive noise e. g. near airports is not only annoying, but can contribute to hearing impairment, and also to various diseases, like high blood pressure or stomach ulcers. To protect mankind from the consequences of exposure to noise, it is the ongoing task of politics, industry and research to support and develop noise reduction strategies. Looking especially at aircraft noise there is a demand by the European Commission to reduce aircraft noise level by 10 dB, which corresponds to about 50 percent. However, a large gap between desired and present state of noise reduction exists.

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Digital High-Speed Cameras Work to Increase Automobile Fuel Efficiency

04/22/2013

With the ever-rising price of gasoline being a major concern, the term “fuel efficient” has been touted and reused by every car manufacturer, whether it’s for a high-performance vehicle or a commuter car. As environmentally conscious consumers, we expect low emissions, great gas mileage and high performance all at the same time. As a result, the need to create cleaner burning and more efficient engines year after year has engineers working at a pace that requires sophisticated technological solutions.

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Highly Instrumented Ballistic Testing of High-Performance Composite Materials

07/31/2012

In recent years high performance composite materials have become widely used in defense applications. Owing to their low weight and the ability to tailor their mechanical behavior to a given application, they have replaced many metallic components. Polymeric composites are also used as appliqué armor inserted inside vehicles to prevent spalling of metallic elements caused by an impact or blast load.

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Vision Research Digital High-Speed Cameras Key Tool in Understanding the Flight of the Hawk Moth

04/11/2012

Have you ever seen a hummingbird hovering over a fully bloomed flower on a beautiful summer day? There’s a chance that hummingbird was not a bird at all. It might actually have been an insect, a hawk moth to be exact. Just like hummingbirds, the elegant hawk moth has a very unique wing movement which allows them to hover over flowers while feeding on nectar. With a wing span that can reach up to 13 cm (almost 5 inches), it is easy to see how these large insects are often mistaken for birds.Flight of the Hawk Moth

These graceful moths are especially known for their stability in the air. This is particularly important considering the hawk moth needs to hover over a flower while trying to drink using their 10 cm long tongues, which is almost twice the length of the moth’s actual body. Even more fascinating than the insect’s stability is their ability to re-stabilize after they have been thrown off course. Whether it’s a missed attack by a predator or a strong gust of wind, the hawk moth is one of nature’s most adept flyers, quickly getting itself back on course. What is it that makes them so skilled in the air?

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Vision Research's High-Speed Digital Cameras Instrumental in Testing Grenades From 16th Century French Shipwreck

02/06/2012

For more than 300 years, the wreckage of La Belle remained at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Then, in 1995, Texas state archaeologists discovered one third of the ship at Matagorda Bay, about 120 miles south of Galveston, marking one of the most important archaeological finds of the century. A major excavation was launched by the state of Texas

Archaeologists recovered the entire shipwreck, including the hull of the ship, as well as an array of important artifacts. These artifacts included hundreds of thousands of glass beads, tons of musket shot, bronze hawk bells, and three bronze cannons

Archaeologists also discovered a collection of ceramic pots that were sealed by cork and fabric. Inside each pot was a mass of degraded gunpowder and an iron grenade

With the sophisticated, powerful features of Vision Research’s Phantom v710 and v1610 high-speed cameras in tow, the team performed 11 grenade launching tests in two days, documenting significant information with the Phantom cameras as part of the study of La Belle.

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Microfluidics - Phantom v310 Enabled Advanced Research in the Behavior of Fluids at Microscale Level

04/25/2011

Looking through the microscope, a scientist takes a deep breath, and holds it. Random and jerky droplets appear, but move too quickly to be studied accurately. Using a high-speed digital camera, the scientist freezes the droplets in a series of images that can later be properly analyzed. This scientist could be studying the mixable properties of new paint colors, or he could be working on a revolutionary new vaccine.

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Dolby Laboratories Captures Intricate Details and Striking Imagery

10/29/2010

Dolby Laboratories Utilizes Vision Research’s Phantom® HD Gold to Capture Intricate Details and Striking Imagery for Andrew Tinker’s Music Video, B Sweet.

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Cutting-Edge New Materials for Higher Performance Carpet Tufting

08/03/2010

Take a look down at the floor - if it’s carpeted, it’s safe to say that your feet are resting on tufted carpet. It’s currently estimated that over 95% of the carpet manufactured in the United States is tufted. Tufting is a highly-reliable manufacturing process which utilizes specially treated yarn and large, multi-needle sewing machines to create a carpet surface.

"Vision Research's Miro 4 digital high-speed camera enabled us to design a non woven fabric that simulates the tufting performance of woven fabric, giving the carpet tile industry the ability to utilize higher speed manufacturing to reduce costs as well as employ more complex tufting patterns." Says Les Aseere, Senior Application Engineer at Johns Manville. "It’s our goal to market this new backing material with leading carpet tile manufacturers within the next year.”

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Taking the Fight Against Malaria Directly to the Mosquito

08/03/2010

Despite being preventable and curable, malaria is one of the world’s most troubling epidemics. While it is not a disease that’s close to home for those living in the United States, it tragically is for roughly 40 percent of the world’s population. According to experts, Malaria is estimated to cause 300-500 million clinical cases and over 1 million deaths each year, most of which are children and most of which occur in Africa. Most alarming is that every 45 seconds a child in Africa dies of Malaria.

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Vision Research Helps Fox Sports Hit a Grand Slam with its 2009 World Series Broadcast

01/25/2010

Ultra slow-motion, instant replay has become an invaluable production tool in the broadcast of professional sports, especially for networks who seek to enhance their coverage of the highest profile events and add to the viewing experience for the fans at home.

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Vision Research's Technology used in NASA High-Speed Parachute Deployment

12/28/2009

We, at Vision Research, love to hear success stories from our customers about how our digital high speed cameras performed in the field. On December 23, 2009 we received an email from Mr. Jeremy Myers, an ES31 Systems Engineer at NASA. It read, in part:

"I would like to thank all of you and your companies for the support provided to our high speed parachute camera project the last two years.  The High Speed Parachute Camera flew on Ares I-X and worked perfectly.  Even though other electronics were not able to withstand the extreme environments experienced, the HSPC was flawless. The imagery we acquired provided great support to the Ares I-X recovery team.  The high speed imagery pinpointed parachute performance issues."

Here is a short clip that was broadcast on NASA TV.

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Biomechanical Pitching Evaluations at the American Sports Medicine Institute

12/18/2009

“ASMI employs a motion capture system to quantify three-dimensional pitching mechanics. This motion capture system allows us to measure the pitcher’s exact angles and arm forces; however, measuring flaws is only the first part of the solution. These measurements are useless if the player or coach cannot comprehend the findings. This is why high-speed video is such an important tool for ASMI, adding significant value to the services we provide for our customers. The high-speed recording from our Vision Research Phantom camera is the perfect bridge for illustrating the scientific results to the athlete” – Dr. Glenn Fleisig, ASMI’s Research Director

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Using High-Speed Video to Study Tennis Racket Stringing Patterns

10/13/2009

Tennis is a game of speed, agility and precision. The sport requires a significant amount of concentration and hand-eye coordination, especially when your opponent serves a felt tennis ball in your direction at speeds upwards of 120 miles-per-hour! It’s also a sport known for its subsequent injuries, especially lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), which affects 40 percent to 50 percent of tennis players. That being said, those who take to the court are always in search of ways to reduce stress and potential injury, as long as the solution doesn’t sacrifice performance.

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DOE Uses Phantom v7.1 High-Speed Digital Video Camera as a Tool to Fight Global Warming

10/02/2009

Here’s a shocking fact: according to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the average U.S. household uses several tons of coal each year without ever seeing it! As the most abundant fossil fuel available in the United States, there is more energy available in the coal in this country than in the world’s entire oil reserves.

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Vision Research Phantom Cameras Record Lightning Formations

09/30/2009

"Plenty of still photographs and video of lightning strikes already exist; however, when it comes to the stepped leader of a lightning bolt, none are useful enough for research purposes. I turned to the National Geographic Society, and shared my goal of recording the formation of a stepped leader. Recognizing the significance of the project, National Geographic agreed to fund my research and I immediately called on Vision Research and its high-speed digital imaging systems" Tim Samaras, Professional Storm Chaser.

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Vision Research Phantom Cameras Capture High-Speed “Impact of Explosion” Testing on Building Components .

09/25/2009

The next time you enter a building, pause and take a look up at the structure. Hundreds, if not thousands of windows may cover the outside of the facility or it may be highlighted by an ornate design of brick and stone.

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Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras Facilitate Revolutionary Research into Diagnosing Voice Disorders

09/25/2009

Take a moment to think of the impact that losing your voice could have on your life. It could ruin your career, especially if you rely on your voice like a singer or broadcaster does, or make life terribly difficult as far as simple communication between friends and family is concerned. Unfortunately, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 7.5 million Americans have trouble using their voices and are facing this frightening prospect today. 

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Phantom Miro Airborne Used in Stores Separation Testing

07/08/2009

Vision Research's Phantom Miro Airborne camera has been tested using relevant MIL_STD8100 specifications to ensure it will work in the potentially harsh environments that an airborne application implies.

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Phantom Cameras Play Major Role in Super Bowl XLIII Production

03/30/2009

NBC Sports made use of 3 Phantom® digital high speed cameras placed strategically around Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium. Vision Research® has a prepared a case study detailing how and why our award winning cameras helped make Super Bowl history.

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