The MotoGP gyro camera – quick glance
The MotoGP gyro camera
This self-leveling gyroscopic camera is a uniquely designed compact recording device that gives the viewer a spectacular, distinctive and realistic view of on-board riding. Debuting in 2010, this device has proved to be the newest cutting edge technology designed to give watchers a mind blowing perspective they have never witnessed before.
Who created it and how it works
Dorna Sports (which also holds the commercial rights for MotoGP) is credited with developing the technology that is utilized by the gyro camera in association with UAV Navigation, company that has been the lead supplier of top rated equipment for the unmanned aerial vehicles and the Red Bull Air Race series.
Their camera works in a rather unique way by capturing accurate and real time visuals and data, which is essentially what makes it very different from any previous MotoGP footage ever broadcasted . Their gyro camera is composed of one triaxial gyroscope, two accelerometers, one motor and a GPS – and is usually fixed on the horizon. At the heart of this technological creation is a microchip that provides real time data showing where the bike is located, its speed as well as the lean angles performed at corners.
One of the most amazing aspects of this device is that the processing of the data collected and streamed by the MotoGP gyro camera is done in real time, which helps a lot in controlling the miniaturized motor located inside the camera and of course giving the lens a real smooth movement. Essentially, the movement of the set lens+CCD sensor compensates for the bike’s lean angle, this way maintaining a horizon line that is fixed to mimic how the rider sees it. The movement is precisely executed by a micro servo motor. And this movement ensure that the resulting footage isn’t a shot that moves with the bike, but rather the bike tends to move around a certain reference point. This gives a much better perception of the rider’s dexterity as they undertake audacious moves and race at lightening speed through the corners.
What makes the MotoGP gyro camera so cool
Being such a cool technological masterpiece, you can certainly bet that there is no other of its kind on the market. And that’s correct. No other company makes one device that combines a small sports camera featuring a stabilizer plus a system that overlay the telemetry data and broadcast it real time with no wires. The exclusivity of the item makes it so special – and bear in mind that only hundreds were manufactured. The Spanish partnership Dorna-UAV Navigation has truly done a fantastic job and has updated how the world of bike racing is seen by enhancing the sport broadcast experience.
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