What happens when you hit a hard-boiled egg with a racquetball racquet? The tireless minds at PopSci set out to investigate, with a Phantom super-slow-motion HD camera and the intrepid (and, we found out, remarkably graceful) Stan Horaczek.
(You may remember seeing Stan get punched in the face. All in good fun, right, Stan?)
The Phantom series of cameras, capable of even more dramatic feats than this one, continue to wow us. The new v1610, easily capable of shooting 16,000 frames per second, won a Best Of What's New award this year. Stay tuned for more delightful clips.
He totally missed the sweet-spot on the raquet. Man... I could go for an egg salad sandwich right about now.
That was cool but the Phantom Flex is capable of speeds as high as 2570 fps. At those speeds you could have shown this at even slower motion and i would have liked to have seen this at really close up range to see the impact/effect of the strings on the egg . . . LOL
Besides the fun factor of the slow mo here, this video has some interesting science in it i thought (beyond the obvious egg bits as expected).
The egg swatter (Stan) goes through several psychological states in a very short amount of time. From amused to concentration to contortion? to glee. All within the second or two of time. Its amazing how fast and often people can change mental or emotional states in such short amounts of time.
Were's the Mayonaise? :D
Haha, I love how happy he looks just as his racquet is about to go through the egg
Between his yard,shirt, & beard, he just doesn't look like your typical science kind of guy ;) And it is too bad he didn't do a pickle after the egg with someone holding a bowl to catch both ! I will make my own now ;)
but.. there's no video.. wtf?
Wow, an incredible device and a beautiful technology, once again wasted on meaningless bullshit.
Seriously, all the incredible things that could be captured in ultra high percision slow-mo, and this is what they came up with? That's just sad. You guys really need to get out of your labs and see the world a little bit. Surely there was better subject matter that would be more interesting and better befitting being posted on Pop-sci.
The only conceivable science related content in this video might be the physics of how the pieces of the egg fly and interact after being struck, but there are a lot better examples of this elsewhere (see below)
I'm very disappointed @ popsci. I look forward to seeing less frivolous examples of this technology posted here in the future.
In the meantime, here are some examples of this camera's capabilities with some better physics properties posted elsewhere...
Is it really that bad? After all, I'm pretty sure that if you wanted better, you would've been out of this website to look elsewhere for what you wanted instead of staying here and complaining. After all, this camera is electric. It isn't a waste as long as betteries can be produced, or if this camera is able to charge.
I wasn't saying it was awful. I was just disappointed that they would use it as the centerpiece and sole example of the article about this camera. It really doesn't properly display a fraction of what the camera is capable.
The example they used simply made it look like just another slow-mo camera. I wanted to make sure people knew the camera is capable of much more than is displayed here.
I was out of this website and have easily found better. It is because i am a long time subscriber and appreciate Popular Science that i voiced my disappointment. Popular science is better than this, and I expected to find the better examples here.
as i said in my original post, I hope the future "more delightful clips" are just that.
I love his face