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Do the robot: 'Locomotion Lab' uses Zeiss lenses to capture motion

By dpreview staff on Aug 5, 2013 at 18:31 GMT

Photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge was fascinated by motion, and today, scientists at the Locomotion Lab of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena continue to use cameras to research how we walk. As well as looking at human and animal movements, they've also created 'walking robots', and are capturing their movement using high-speed cameras. According to Zeiss's blog, the researchers are using the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZF.2 lens attached to Vosskühler HCC-1000 cameras, which are capable of 923 fps, at 1024 x 512 pixel resolution. 

The 'JenaFox' walking robot and the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZF.2 in action in the Locomotion Lab of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.
This robot was created by the University of Zürich for motion analysis at the Locomotion Lab in Jena. 

According to Doctor Sten Grimmer, 'the aim of our project is to construct robotic systems which can move around in various environments, based on our understanding of the morphology of various creatures'. 

'For instance, if we wish to understand how the body of a dog with a leg injury adjusts to the changed situation, we need to put the specially-constructed robot who also has only three legs on the running track'. Filming these robots at ultra high-speeds allows researchers to take a very close look at the minutiae of the complex movements that the robots make. 

Source: Zeiss


Total comments: 11
By Tan68 (8 months ago)

I like the sound of Jena Fox.

Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (8 months ago)

Carl stayed in Jena while Zeiss got cosy with Cosina.
Had to post this...

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By yabokkie (8 months ago)

both rest in grave now.

if you see Zeiss, that should be the one of those who killed Zeiss and put on his clothes.

Zeiss deserves to die because he failed to make as good products but his clothes worth much more than him.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (8 months ago)

This project seems just strange.

Filming a toy robot at high speed, and then emphasis on that its a Zeiss lens.

The focus of the project and/or the one writing the article seems to be a little off.

By peevee1 (8 months ago)

923 fps is totally wasted on human motion - as well as somebodies grant money.

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By Karroly (8 months ago)

Is the quality of the ZEISS Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZF.2 really mandatory to record 1024x512 pixel pictures or is the University of Jena just rich ?

Andreas Stuebs
By Andreas Stuebs (8 months ago)

Zeiss is located in Jena - I assume Jena university is sponsored by Zeiss

JWilkinson Studios
By JWilkinson Studios (8 months ago)

Clarity is really important for this type of situation.

Summi Luchs
By Summi Luchs (8 months ago)

The cost of such a lens is negligible compared to the whole lab equipment. No indication for a special sponsorship.

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By deleted_081301 (8 months ago)

Are Zeiss stil located in Jena ? I thought they re located to Oberkochen after the war ?

By Karroly (8 months ago)

@Summi Luchs,
My financial director says "a penny saved is a penny earned"...
Well, I know, universities were not created to make profits...

I don't know how they can correctly follow a moving robot with a prime lens on a camera attached to a fixed tripod... Kind of dolly tracks would have been more convenient IMHO. As far as light is concerned, adding some spotlights may also help...

About Zeiss history here :

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