Jamie Chung captures the year’s best inventions for the current issue of Time Magazine. “The Inventions Issue” highlights 50 of the year’s most useful and ingenious breakthroughs, alterations, and transformations. The cover features the hummingbird device, a surveillance prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Agency, developed by California-based AerVironment. Chung photographed the device and a handful of the other inventions seen in the magazine.
Chung spent two and a half weeks shooting the hummingbird. Lead engineer Matt Keennon brought the device to Chung’s studio where he shot it in several positions. The remote-controlled device weighs just 0.66 ounces and is officially named the Nano Air Vehicle. It is designed to go where humans cannot, be it spying or scouting out safe spots in combat zones. Chung says of the device, “It’s crazy to think something so pretty is used for something so dangerous.”
In addition to the hummingbird, Chung also photographed six other inventions, including the Switch60 Lightbulb, a more energy-efficient light bulb, Necomimi, smart cat ears powered by brainwaves, and the perfect razor made of iridium, one of the strongest and densest materials in existence. Chung says of the shoot, “It was inspirational. Meeting the inventors was the best part. They’re totally comfortable with their nerddom, but so am I, so we had a lot of fun together.”
“The Inventions Issue” of Time Magazine is on newsstands now.
- I’m afraid ahahha