New technology for our viewing pleasure derived from the Red Bull Air Race series
VALENTINO ROSSI debuted a gyroscopic camera at the Sachsenring MotoGP at the weekend.
The camera is designed to 'lean' with the rider, giving the viewer a more realistic view of riding onboard a 200mph MotoGP machine.
The technology has been developed by Dorna, in association with Spanish company UAV Navigation, who supply cameras for the Red Bull Air Race series.
The camera is 'fixed' on the horizon, with two accelerometers, a triaxial gyroscope, a GPS and a micro-chip providing real-time data on the location of the bike and also the exact coordinates of the three gyro sensors, thus giving a better indication of the bike behaviour on track. This data stream is processed in real-time to control a miniaturised motor placed in the Gyroscopic OnBoard camera, which rotates its lens according to the movements of bike - the movements of the lens actually compensating the movements of the bike in order to maintain a fixed horizon line, as the riders see it - so that the resulting footage is not a shot moving with the bike, instead the bike is moving around a reference point, giving a better perception of the riders' dexterity in throwing their +210 hp prototypes through hair-raising-fast corners and audacious moves.
You can check out the video here.
Good idea but it needs work as it looked really artificial.
Bike seemed to lean over too far ??? - looked more like a video game
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I reckon it is great, another view on thangs and of course it had to be on Vale's bike on his return!!
Mind you it's all old hat, Ron Haslam had it all sorted (er taped on) during practice for the 1980 Castrol 6 Hour at Amaroo Park, Sydney, link to image...
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Posted: 23/07/2010 at 09:56
My Uncle Charlie had a Gyroscopic sofa . But he slid down the back and hasn't been since ..
Posted: 24/07/2010 at 06:22
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