The Slow Mo Guys are back at it again, and this time, they’ve managed to capture a compact disc exploding with a high-speed camera at 170,000 frames-per-second. To be more specific, they secured a disc to a vacuum cleaner motor and then spun it up to 23,000 RPM, causing it to literally disintegrate. The Compact Disc is an evolution of LaserDisc technology, where a focused laser beam is used that enables the high information density required for high-quality digital audio signals. Prototypes were developed by Philips and Sony independently in the late 1970s. Continue reading for the video.
The CD was planned to be the successor of the gramophone record for playing music, rather than primarily as a data storage medium. From its origins as a musical format, CDs have grown to encompass other applications. In 1983, in CD’s introduction year, Immink and Braat presented the first experiments with erasable compact discs during the 73rd AES Convention.