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The Decelerator Helmet – could living our life in slow motion be a way to combat data overload?


If you’ve ever wished that things weren’t so stressed and life wasn’t moving so fast, then you might appreciate the technology that German art student Lorenz Potthast has embedded in his Decelerator Helmet.

The project involves cramming a modified netbook computer, a head mounted display and a remote control to regulate a video feed from the helmet cam to change it to slow motion. The result is the wearer experiences life in varying degrees of slow motion, but in real time (if you see what we mean).


It’s a very clever application of technology to art, and a great way to experience life with a high degree of augmentation. Could there be a practical use for this tech? We’re not sure, but we certainly hope that someone bites the bullet and explores the options, because we’d love to waft around in a haze of ultra slow motion, preferably with a very cool soundtrack playing in our ears at the same time.

Of course you don’t really need the helmet, you could do the same thing with a simple heads up display, but then again, where’s the fun in life without a nice big shiny globe to play with?

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