Building a Bullet Time Rig at the Raspberry Pi Jamboree

Photography & Video Raspberry Pi
Building a Bullet Time Rig at the Raspberry Pi Jamboree

Raspberry Pi Banner

This post comes to you live from the Raspberry Pi Jamboree in Manchester, England which is being held as part of the Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition at the Manchester Central Conference Centre this week. 

These days the bullet time effects made famous by the fight scenes in the Matrix might seem common place, but when the movie was released they seemed almost magical. They were, and still are, an amazing technical achievement that you might think would cost a great deal of money to replicate. At least until now.

The Frozen Raspberry is an bullet time rig built from 48 individual Raspberry Pi boards, each with a Pi camera module attached, arranged in a circle and set up to take pictures simultaneously. Add about a third of a mile of Ethernet cable and some Python, and you have all you need to replicate the movie magic.

I talked to Andrew Robinson—the creator of the Frozen Raspberry—about how he put it together and what made him build it in the first place,

Interview with Andrew Robinson at the Raspberry Pi Jamboree.

YouTube player

Andrew talks about the Frozen Raspberry.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.

View more articles by Alasdair Allan


Ready to dive into the realm of hands-on innovation? This collection serves as your passport to an exhilarating journey of cutting-edge tinkering and technological marvels, encompassing 15 indispensable books tailored for budding creators.