Military Camera Sees Bullets in Slow Motion

It may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but the military has gotten its hands on a camera that can see in bullet time. Developed by Nova Sensors, the high-speed camera can follow bullets midflight by mimicking the fovea part of the human eye (that's the part that takes care of sharp, central vision). We've even got video of the camera in action...


Nova Sensors is calling their invention VAST, short for Variable Acuity Superpixel Technology. It might not make you as fast as Neo, but the U.S. Air Force is hoping to use the technology to create "active armor," kevlar shields that automatically inflate whenever they detect incoming bullets. (Let's just hope they don't randomly go off like some car air bags do). The video above shows bullets flying through the air.

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