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Friggin' Lasers!

Absolutely my favorite song on In Rainbows, House of Cards was just released by Radiohead. When I peaked at the shots they put up late last month and the Pitchfork article explain how no cameras where used, instead lasers captured the shots, I was immediately intrigued.

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.
The best part is how the video was released via Google Code (a website for application developers to share code and open source programs) instead of a typically entertainment website. Whatever, I'm a geek. Friggin' lasers man!!

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