‘Harry Potter’ time-freezing binoculars that offer instant action replays
Harry Potter fans who watched enviously as the schoolboy wizard wielded magical time-freezing binoculars will soon be able to buy their own super spyglasses.
For designers at Sony have invented binoculars that allow users to pause, rewind and play back whatever they are viewing.
The digital devices – reminiscent of the ‘Omnioculars’ used by Potter to watch his favourite sport of Quidditch – could revolutionise birdwatching, horse racing, cricket and even opera.
Because they can record sound, birdwatchers will be able to capture birdsong and sports fans will be able to record the reaction of spectators.
And there won’t be the usual frustrating fiddle to bring an image into focus, as the Vinoculars also come with electronic autofocus and ‘steadyshot’ technology to stop images shaking even when magnified at up to 20 times.
But all this technology doesn’t come cheap. When the Vinoculars go on sale in November prices are expected to start at £1,800.