The University of Tokyo has developed a working prototype of a projector capable of projecting images at 1,000 frames-per-second – 41 times faster than the average frame rate of movies.
The DynaFlash uses a projection mapping system to track objects moving at high-speed, allowing it to modify its projection to match a moving object with a lag of only three thousandths of a second.
This technology could mean projectors no longer have to rely on static targets such as a flat screen, massively increasing their potential uses.
The developers announced plans to further enhance the projector's senses, making it capable of tracking movement which cannot be perceived by the human eye.
Writing for Popular Mechanics, Eric Limer suggested the new technology could have some "interesting real world applications".
"Most interestingly, it could probably be put to use for low-lag projection-based "touchscreens" that could stand to turn any surface into an interface that acts just like any phone or tablet. I can't wait to see what people could do with this," he said.