India-Born Techie Wins Sci-Tech Oscar Award for New Camera System

India-born techie Vikas Sathaye bags 2018 Oscars Scientific and Technical Award for a new action camera system

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Vikas Sathaye won the 2018 Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards

If you thought that lavishly paid actors, musicians and directors were the only recipients of the prestigious Oscar awards, you will be surprised to know that there is an Oscar award for techies and engineers as well!

Mumbai-born engineer Vikas Sathaye is part of a team that won the scientific and engineering award at the 2018 Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards. They bagged the accolade for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the Shotover K1 camera system. Brad Hurndell, John Coyle and Shane Buckham were other members of the team.


Shotover is a company in New Zealand that works in the field of cinematography and has been part of blockbuster motion pictures, documentaries and high-profile sporting events.

Shotover has developed multiple camera gimbal systems over the years and has been a part of Hollywood movies like San Andreas, Pacific Rim and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Below is a glimpse of what a video shot on the K1 camera system looks like.

Basically, the K1 camera system is a 6-axis aerial mount or gimbal that can be attached to helicopters for stabilised action 3D shots.

In a statement to the press, Sathaye explained how the system worked.

The camera mount gets attached to the base of a helicopter, which carries the camera and lens. Its primary function is to eliminate any vibration from reaching the camera and thus getting steady footage. The other function of the camera mount is to move the camera head in the desired direction as required by the camera operator, who sits inside the helicopter and uses a joystick to control the camera head movement
Vikas Sathaye, Shotover Camera System

Sathaye was born in 1967 in Pune and was raised in Mumbai. He completed his BE (Bachelors of Engineering) in electronics from VIT Pune, and an MTech in instrumentation from IISc.

Later, he went on to teach at the Cummins College of Engineering for Women in Pune for seven years, and later was sent to Italy for a project with Fiat for three months. This move sparked the inspiration that Sathaye needed to enter the field of embedded software technology—and also something that won him an Oscar!

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