Jump Time uses a high-speed digital camera to capture the motion of visitors as they jump. As a visitor steps onto the mat switch, the overhead lights turn on, telling the visitor that the exhibit is ready to go. The visitor jumps vertically, landing back on the mat as the computer records their jump and landing. A sensor along the floor also calculates how many seconds they were off the ground. The digital display shows how many hundredths of a second they spent aloft.
The monitor displays the jump in slow motion both forward and backward. Visitors gain a new understanding of the mechanics of a person jumping as the slow-motion replay emphasizes each movement. A scale behind the jumper allows visitors to see how high they have jumped.
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