I made a 100MPH flying basketball hoop

I made a 100MPH flying basketball hoop

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I’ve known this was the endgame for the robotic basketball hoop ever since I made the first one. It’s time I actually did it.

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29 Responses

  1. Stuff Made Here says:

    Believe it or not this project took me over 600 hours. I love making them, but it does take a lot out of me. If you enjoy these, please consider supporting me on Patreon at https://patreon.com/stuffmadehere

    • 4D bullshit Patroll says:

      Reminds me of the opening scene from Ghost Ship

    • Kevin Byrne says:

      This is so awesome. Your videos are always fantastic, but this is a major level up for you. Also, this system would be really cool for a ping pong robot!

    • Abe The Rock says:

      You should make it return the ball to you after you score.

    • ** says:

      I haven’t spent too much time thinking over this, but is gradient descent susceptible to pseudo-stable states? If so does the standard approach use some method of random noise in the position shift phase in order to overcome this?

  2. Jeff Geerling says:

    I can imagine this at a theme park.

    “Please stand clear of the flying basketball hoop.” in a polite but stern voice.

  3. Q says:

    I want to see it do infinite points. Keep the hoop “stationary” (relative to the ball) right when the ball center is in the hoop center, following the parabolic trajectory. So the camera attached to the backboard filming the hoop sees the ball float in the hoop without touching anything with the entire room spinning in the background. 🙂

  4. Pierre M says:

    The fact that you edited the reflection of the caveman in the TV at 10:27 really captures the insane degree of effort you put into these projects and videos. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Matic says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if that caveman video isn’t a stock video. At this point, I’d believe it if Stuff Made Here told us that he actually went back in time and showed a TV to real caveman.

    • J Daniels says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if that caveman video isn’t a stock video. At this point, I’d believe it if Stuff Made Here told us that he actually attached a TV to some cave then make fire while wearing a caveman costume just for that clip.

  5. N our says:

    You are THE engineering god! Having the discipline and skills to make such a project is insane, It would be cool if you made educational content or a podcast to learn more from you.

  6. TalathRhunen says:

    I’m sure it was taken into consideration, but those rapidly moving, thin pieces of wire had me more worried for safety than the foam board/aluminium hoop.

  7. Elca Gaming says:

    I can already see you 1-up yourself next year with a 4D Hoop that can catch Balls you haven’t even thrown yet.

    • Clinton Leonard says:

      @Ali Could be a dimension, though.

    • Ali says:

      @Clinton Leonard That is not how time works. Time is a concept we percive depending on the space around us and the rate thing move in it. NOT another dimension.

    • Clinton Leonard says:

      @Ali Time is what we perceive as we move from low to high entropy, but in reality different moments are actually in different *places* in higher dimensions.

    • Ali says:

      @Clinton Leonard Mate time isn’t a dimension

    • Clinton Leonard says:

      @Ali That’s because time is a spatial dimention. We perceive time because we are only seeing 3D cross sections of the 4th as we move through it.

  8. TheRokkis says:

    You’re doing this so in the right way, safety in everything and engineering.

    Your videos are really inspiring!

  9. WannaComment2 says:

    Gotta love how he just told us extensively how all of his problems stem form how he can’t put what he wants the machine to do into software properly, and 1 minute later he’s like “This thing could murder accidentally somebody, but I’ll just put the safety feature into software.” Then at 22:10 we can see the thing go clearly below head-height.

  10. Winston Fiore says:

    “hey there, it’s future me. he’s an idiot.” actually laughed out loud at this one

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