At an RCA event Oscar Lhermitte had the idea to mount a camera to an electric drill and record the outcome, dubbed “Seeing in Circles.” With the camera recording at 15 fps and the drill spinning 20 times per second, the resulting image turns whatever the camera is pointed at into a swirling kaleidoscopic video. Lhermitte explains:

Instead of making a normal movie, I am trying to get a colour gradient of what the camera is shooting. There is no postproduction involved, the effect is achieved by connecting the lens of the camera to a drilling machine.

Sometimes the simplest hacks can yield surprising results.

[via DudeCraft]

Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

  • neil

    my god, its full of stars…..

  • jamesbx

    Wonder what would happen if you pointed the camera at the monitor and did this. Spiral video feedback?

  • Miroslava von Schlockbaum

    I wager there’s a “magic” rotation rate that’s some multiple of the camera’s scan scan rate that would give rise to even wilder images.

  • AndyL

    I like the idea of pointing it at a mirror. The camera would be crystal clear while the world spun around it.