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After watching the Stanley Cup final, which was quite an
exciting match from what I could tell, I decided to invent
something to make this game accessible for more than
why-are-they-so-crazy-about-this-game ice hockey fans
seem to be naturally following the smaller-than-fly puck
a 30-ft-away screen with some kind of born-with or
superior vision capability. I would like to code, or
someone to code a software that will spot the puck in
successive frames and encircle it with a soccer-ball-sized
semi-transparent orange globe that will follow the puck
wherever it goes. This, I am sure, will enable more
common people to follow this interesting still-obscure
fun-to-watch sport and save the league from more
like the one few years ago. I do not think it is an out-of-
or unreasonable idea, is it now halfbakers? But if you
say it is, no problem, as I am all geared up for the
imminent world cup, where I can easily see the item
being played with. I am just trying to help before I
forget everything about ice hockey or anything else for
that matter and happily turn into a soccer (football duh!)
zombie in a
did this for quite a while. [FlyingToaster, Jun 08 2014]
Dark Sucker Theory
It's on the Internet, so it must be true ... [8th of 7, Jun 10 2014]
||You might be able to embed an RFID chip into the body of the puck.
Then the same sort of scanning radio waves that data thieves use to
get your card data from a distance can be used to track the puck all
over the ice.
||Hi Vernon. Nice to see you again. Looks like this was
baked some 20 years ago. I am stuck in the 90s, gotta
||Just put sparklers on the puck.
||Infrared strobe. Invisible to the players,
visible to the cameras.
||Probbly easier to stick on IR retro reflecting materials
on the puck. Means no batteries needed for the
||As an alternate to an RFID chip (some of which have no battery
power; they are powered by the energy of the impinging radio
waves), you could embed a simple metal octahedral "corner reflector"
into the puck. Corner reflectors bounce electromagnetic waves
directly back toward their source; an octahedral version can reflect in
any direction. The larger the reflector, the longer-wavelength the EM
waves can be, that are reflected efficiently. The puck limits the max
size this reflector can be, but I'm pretty sure it can work well with an
appropriate microwave frequency.
||There is no point whatsoeveratall in tracing the
actual trajectory of the puck.
||What would be far more fun would be to trace
bizarre trajectories, eventually arriving at the goal (?
net? wicket? whatever) at the same time as the
actual puck, but by a more interesting route.
||Then you might as well use laser pointers to create
fake pucks on the actual ice and confuse the players.
That might be even more interesting.. but wait, how
do you create a black puck using light
||Use "Dark Sucker" technology ...
||//What would be far more fun would be to trace bizarre trajectories
||That'll be your puckish sense of humour coming through..
||//Use "Dark Sucker" technology
||More or less done in the 1970's by Punch, with their "organic darkness" article.