So I just recently bought a high speed camera because I have been itching for one since 2015. I now have a camera that would make any of the can grabber races of 2015 look like Tai Chi performed in molasses. My mind has been in overdrive thinking of things, that as FRC teams we could get valuable data from filming in high speed. Most of what I have been focusing my thoughts around has been using it to examine our prototypes during build season to see all the little things that happen so fast we can only guess at what is happening. Stuff like the following.
How the balls in 2014 rolled out of catapults
What in the heck is actually going on with a can grabber while impacting a can
How the wiffle balls get stuck as they are fed into a shooting mechanism
How compression of the 2016 boulders affects the slip of a shooter wheel
That is just stuff I came up with off the top of my head in a few minutes, there is so much more. A lot of people haven’t realized that serious high speed cameras have become affordable in the $3,000-$5,000 range for total cost of entry for something that can give you access to a tremendous diagnostic tool as well as the ability to make cool looking slo-mo shots.
Here are a couple shots of my CNC Haas at work going to town on a piece of aluminum.
Lets talk about this stuff, I’m stoked.