I downloaded a clip of the game show The Price Is Right and analyzed the footage in Excel and AfterEffects.
It probably goes without saying I'm wondering, "Is it predictable?" What model underlies the showcase spinner? If you knew the initial position of the spinner and, say, the amount of time it took the spinner to complete one revolution, how close could you get to predicting its final position?
This one has me outclassed, though. Someone teach me something, okay?
2012 Jan 7: Here is the timecode data I gathered.
2012 Jan 7: And the spinner.