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How to use a high-speed video camera in robotics

Jerry Morrison (FIRST Team 971) and Ron Crane (FIRST Team 670)

A high speed video camera is very useful for testing, measuring, calibrating, and debugging robot mechanisms. It's like an oscilloscope for mechanical engineers.

Equipment needed

  • A high speed video camera like the Casio Exilim EX-ZR200. (It can record video at 30, 120, 240, 480, and 1000 fps.)
  • Bright light.
  • (No tripod needed. These are fast shutter times.)

Let's start with some examples from the FRC 2013 season ("Ultimate Ascent").

Frisbee launch and flight from a circular shooter prototype (120 fps):

The Robot

The robot
We have released our entry to the 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent.

Sacramento Regional

Travel Chest
The Sacramento Regional is just a few days away and we are excited to be going!

Build season is underway

1/4 scale model of the pyramid

FIRST Robotics Kickoff!

FIRST Robotics Kickoff Buzzword Bingo has links for the kickoff video, live at 7:30am PST Saturday January 5th, and for the 2013 FRC Game Manual and Administrative Manual PDFs. Some of us watch the video from home, then print and read the Game Manual before going to MVHS. For extra fun and focus, play Buzzword Bingo during the kickoff speeches.

New Sponsors, and other updates

Sheet metal just out of the laser
Recently, the team has been finding new machining sponsors, gotten a chapter published in Behind the Design, and will continue meeting through the holidays.

Behind The Design

Behind the Design Cover

The good folks at FIRST Team 1718, The Fighting Pi, took the initiative to publish an online version of the "Behind the Design" series. We're cohosting a copy to help with their website bandwidth.

MadTown Throwdown

Madera 2011
The Madtown Throwdown is this Friday and Saturday, 11/9 and 11/10

CalGames Champions

The winning alliance at CalGames 2012
We won CalGames with the help of teams 254 and 766