Ever wish you could slow down the hands of time? Lorenz Potthast from Bremen, Germany has developed the prototype for a device that he calls the “Decelerator Helmet.” A large, circular shiny globe helmet that he found on Ebay originally intended as a garden ornament has been expertly rigged with a camera and tablet interface. Whoever wears the helmet will experience a delay as they interact with the world. For those who are not wearing the helmet, the reflective surface acts as a mirror, causing bystanders to take pause and consider how they interact with their environment. Filmmaker Mark Slutsky documented Potthast as he explored the streets of Manhattan in decelerated time.
Installation’s A. Moret spoke with the innovator via Skype and watched the helmet in action.
Featured Video: Decelerating in Manhattan, Decelerator Helmet by Lorenz Potthast, Directed by Mark Slutsky
All images ©Lorenz Potthast