Qualcomm recreates Matrix scene with 130 HTC One smartphones
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Oct 23, 2013 at 16:36 UTC5
To promote the capabilities of its Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm put 130 HTC One smartphones on a rig and left it on Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Passersby were invited to enter the ring of phones to perform stunts as the HTC Ones captured their every move. The resulting video is reminiscent of the famous "bullet time" scene from the 1999 movie The Matrix.
Watch it here:
Qualcomm isn't the first company to put low budget HD cameras on a "bullet time" rig. Recently, GoPro has been showing off its wide-angle cameras. Check out this awesome video of a fire breather on a San Francisco rooftop, captured with 24 GoPros:
If you don't have the budget to buy 20+ cameras to create your own Matrix videos, there is another way to mimic the "bullet time" effect. As DPReview reported earlier this year, it is possible to achieve the same look with just $100 and some time.