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Old 07-21-2014, 04:13 AM #1
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Hello all, and question about PaintBall and Chronos

Hi,

I am keen to find out more about Paintball. My brother and I have been developing an Android app and interface - BlueShot - to directly record shot speed data from a Chrony F1 or Combro Chrono, and wondered if this would be of interest to other Paintball enthusiasts?

Some of the features we have so far -
- Simple to use, just plug the BlueShot interface into your Chrony or Combro and Android phone, then start shooting.
- Use it anywhere, you don't need a PC.
- Accurate - Gets the shot data direct from your Chrono.
- See the shot data how you want it with Dashboard, List and Chart views.
- Simple export of your shot string via email.
- Each display updates as you shoot, see what is really happening. Easy to change settings.

My brother and I have made a short demonstration video of it in action -

ZBM2 - Android Apps - BlueShot

This is with an air rifle but, we have also tested it with a Chrony F1 Chrony, which would work great with a Paintball marker.

As a newbie to the world of Paintball, I would really appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

Thanks!

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Nicolas
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:36 AM #2
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so the phone will display the same thing the chronograph does?
i don't know too many paintball chronos that have a usb port or any port for that matter.
does it do something like figure the average or the +/-
if you could make the phone itself learn to sense the speed and display essentially turning your android device into a chrono i would buy that but this doesn't seem needed or even possible because paintball chronographs don't have any ports
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:45 AM #3
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what chrono are you using for this?
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:43 AM #4
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what chrono are you using for this?
http://www.chronoscopes.com/
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http://www.shootingchrony.com/

They're not popular in the paintball world, and this software would only really be useful to the people who are looking to get the most out of their marker performance. It's still a neat concept. Data collection sent straight to your smart phone so you don't have to remember numbers, to write them down some place.

Imagine efficiency tests where you can pull up the results for the FPS of every single shot. Or find out how much FPS loss you have while shooting at high rates of fire.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:51 AM #5
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http://www.chronoscopes.com/
or
http://www.shootingchrony.com/

They're not popular in the paintball world, and this software would only really be useful to the people who are looking to get the most out of their marker performance. It's still a neat concept. Data collection sent straight to your smart phone so you don't have to remember numbers, to write them down some place.

Imagine efficiency tests where you can pull up the results for the FPS of every single shot. Or find out how much FPS loss you have while shooting at high rates of fire.
It would be a very specialized market, though.

The average ref/field owner just wants something that can be used to very quickly measure the speed of 3-5 shots from one gun, display the shots' velocity as it happens, then quickly be moved on to the next marker.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:20 PM #6
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I don't think you would be able to market this to paintball players.

The Virtue Clock is the perfect chronograph for paintball and in particular tournament paintball, in my opinion. There are cheaper ones that allow you to tweak and get your gun close at home. But I would say not many people have or use these to setup their marker away from the field. At field the large red chronographs are used to get close and are typically conveniently located for players. I would say that these are the most used chronographs.

I looked into getting a chrony for marker setup and efficiency testing at home. The biggest negative I found was that it didn't calculate rate of fire.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:13 PM #7
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I agree. If it's just relaying the info the chrony already shows, it's pointless. Your gun's performance changes day to day so any cool stats will almost be meaningless anyway. Plus it won't work with most paintball chronies.

Now if the PHONE could be used as the chrony, you'd have something special.
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Now if the PHONE could be used as the chrony, you'd have something special.
Definitely. The camera on smart phones could work very well. I'm not sure how hard it would be though, considering you would have to calculate how many Frames Per Second correspond to number of Feet Per Second. You would also have to do tests with many different phones, since they all come with very different cameras, which could drastically mess up the readings if your calculations were based around only, let's say, an iPhone 4s camera.
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