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.

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.