ArcAttack vs. Grant Imahara

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Photo by Anton OlsenPhoto by Anton Olsen

Photo by Anton Olsen

ArcAttack and their singing Tesla coils made two appearances at the VEX World Championships this weekend. Their performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the opening ceremony was totally cool, but the Faraday cage gave me the most memorable experience of the weekend.

I don’t know who first posed the question, but it was suggested that Grant Imahara take a turn in the Faraday cage. Being a true MythBuster, he was skeptical, but tentatively agreed on the condition he inspects the cage and is satisfied with its construction.

Photo by Anton OlsenPhoto by Anton Olsen

Photo by Anton Olsen

While I didn’t think to ask Grant about his experience later, I took a turn in the cage earlier in the day and found it to be exhilarating. I could catch glimpses of the faint leaders just before they connected with the steel cage, then everything would go bright as a series of arcs burnt across my retina, only to stop and repeat for the next note. The photo to the right is pretty close to what I actually saw except it is a lot brighter and louder in person.

Quite a few people snagged video, but ArcAttack’s own footage is the best so far. You can see the video complete with sound and audience reaction after the jump.

Related links:
ArcAttack @ Vex robotics 2010 National Anthem
Grant Imahara at the 2010 VEX Robotics Championship.
Sean takes a turn in the Faraday cage.
ArcAttack’s website.

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