Upcoming: Silicon Valley Regional

Our next competition is fast approaching! Please join us at San Jose State on April 4th and 5th

Sacramento 2014 Regional Champions!

At the Sacramento Regional this past weekend, Spartan Robotics took home the gold.

Sacramento Regional

971 Bagging Picture
We will be competing at Davis March 13th - 15th

2014 Game - Aerial Assist

aerial assist logo
The 2014 game, Aerial Assist, has been released

Ready for Kickoff

A clean lab
A clean slate for a new year and a new season

Madera Finalists

Madera finalists and quarterfinalists

Moving In

layout of new room
We are (almost) moved to our new room and the school year is almost here.

SVR is almost here

Travel Chest 2!
See you at SVR!

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.