Though “Ramesh Raskar and the Camera Culture” may at first sound like a Hip-Hop group from India, they are anything but (though they rock in other ways).
Professor Ramesh Raskar leads the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture research group. He and his team of MIT students conduct Star Wars and Star Trek Next Gen research, such as Continuous Shooting at 1 trillion frames per second. That’s fast enough to create slow motion videos of light in motion. They also have a camera that can look around corners, one that can see inside our body without an X-ray and one that can even photograph through a book without opening it!
Let’s not forget a display that corrects to our vision so that we don’t have to wear glasses. I’d love that in my camera’s electronic viewfinder.
With such inventions that will no doubt ultimately find their way into consumer products and which can have real positive impact into our everyday lives, Professor Ramesh Raskar and the Camera Culture Group are recipients of the 2016 Lemelson-MIT prize, which is worth a cool $500,000.