‘Harry Potter’ time-freezing binoculars that offer instant action replays
Posted by Xeno on August 23, 2011
Harry Potter fans who watched enviously as the schoolboy wizard wielded magical time-freezing binoculars will soon be able to buy their own super spyglasses.
For designers at Sony have invented binoculars that allow users to pause, rewind and play back whatever they are viewing.
The digital devices – reminiscent of the ‘Omnioculars’ used by Potter to watch his favourite sport of Quidditch – could revolutionise birdwatching, horse racing, cricket and even opera.
They will allow a birdwatcher to record a sighting of a rare species and then send proof to other twitchers within minutes. A GPS receiver also notes the position of the sighting.
They will let golf and cricket spectators enjoy their own action-replays at live tournaments or test matches.
And the technology also allows music fans to record and watch concerts in 3D, while recording the sound in stereo.
Sony says its ‘Vinoculars’ – or video binoculars – are the first devices of their kind in the world.