Jeff Lieberman, musician, sculptor and host of the Discovery Channel program Time Warp has come up with a way to put his love for slow-motion photography with the Slow Dance Picture Frame. This unique frame makes real objects appear to move in slow motion through the use of an electromagnet and fast moving strobe lights that are imperceptible to the human eye. Lieberman is currently raising funds through Kickstarter in order to bring his project to market.
Making the invisible visible. …An ongoing experiment in wonder You bring the objects to slow dance — it is a blank canvas for you to compose. From weeds on the street to flowers in the garden to bird feathers, each object reveals a new slow motion world. After two years of playing with it ourselves, we are still enchanted when we try out a new object — the world it reveals seems to be never-ending. It will change how you will see plants and other objects forever. …By using high speed strobe lights blinking 80 times a second, your eyes cannot even see that they are blinking — the light looks continuous. By synchronizing the strobes to the high-speed vibration of objects (feathers, branches, flowers, etc), we create the visual illusion of those objects moving in slow motion. This is a phenomenon called persistence of vision, and works similarly to the way a TV works — by flickering frozen images quickly enough that we perceive them as continuous motion.