Velo POP Claims to Be The Fastest Retail Trigger In The World

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After successfully funding the Vela One – an uber-high-speed strobe the obvious question was now that you have a trigger that can freezer a bullet in mid air, how do you trigger it to catch the action. This is why I am not surprised that Vela Labs now announces the Vela Pop, a companion sound trigger for the LED strobe.

There are other solutions out there if you want a sound trigger: Camera Axe is one of them, MIOPS is another and  TriggerTrap is a phone based one, and while that are all very good at what they do, Vela Pop does bring some news into this market:

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How To Make A Laser Camera Trigger For Under $2

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Shooting a bullet in mid air requires a special type of detector to ‘catch’ the bullet in mid air. Usually, a special sensor called a ‘gate sensor’ is used. The trick is a gate sensor is that it can calculate the speed of the bullet and ‘nail’ the shot at the right time. Those are not trivial to build.

This is why I was pleasantly surprised when I got this tutorial from Matt Kane who managed to build a bullet catching circuit for under $2.

Matt used a phototransistor along with a red laser to build cheapass bullet detector with the entire cost of the build being under $2: [Read more…]