Robotic Cameras With Dynamic Target Tracking

I’ve seen the future of photography, and it’s robots. Last week I wrote about a robotic camera—though it was controlled by a human photographer—employed to capture unique images at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Well it would work well with this new being developed at the University of Tokyo, if only it were already ready to go. It’s a camera system with "dynamic target tracking" that can track very fast moving objects. I read that and thought it meant fast-moving, like an athlete. But in fact, no, it’s talking about objects that move even faster—like the flying tennis ball itself. Amazing! Check out the video from to see the technology in action. Things like this make me wonder if eventually we photographers are going to be totally obsolete, or if our pursuits will be more akin to computer programming—telling the robot what we’d like to photograph.

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