I’m not too well versed in the commonly used sensors but just wanted to get some examples of what teams are using to sense balls. Any experience you have with these sensors would be helpful or if there’s any pitfalls of certain sensors to avoid. Are beam break sensors the way to go this year for their true boolean nature or are some kind of distance sensors better for sensing if balls are in a certain spot in an indexer?
Some starting examples:
IR distance sensor we used on our robot last year
I’m on climb so I cannot speak for indexer but we’re using those (but a different version of it) to detect the climbing bar. Those should work for your case. When we were testing with that, those sensors had a harder time detecting black then other colors so having it faced towards something black that would allow the ball to get in between it and the backdrop sort of thing would be very helpful for getting a more reliable sensor output.