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    Cool The Tournament - Judging - Advancement - Answer Thread

    Answers to your posts about The Tournament, Judging and Advancement.

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    Router

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC4943 View Post
    Our team does not access to the routers specified in the FTC tutorials. Will this be an issue at the competition? We currently use the default frame work but remove to the FCS VI's. If we add the FCS code before the competition, will we be OK?

    A: You should be okay, but be prepared to make any changes at the competition during software inspection. Your robot must pass software inspection in order to compete.

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    Software Inspection Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC6298 View Post
    Q: Not sure where to ask this question but would following code pass inspection?


    #pragma config(Hubs, S1, HTServo, HTMotor, HTMotor, HTMotor)
    #pragma config(Sensor, S1, , sensorI2CMuxController)
    #pragma config(Sensor, S2, irsensor, sensorHiTechnicIRSeeker1200)
    #pragma config(Motor, motorA, balanceRight, tmotorNXT, PIDControl, encoder)
    #pragma config(Motor, motorB, balanceLeft, tmotorNXT, PIDControl, encoder)
    #pragma config(Motor, mtr_S1_C2_1, lift, tmotorTetrix, openLoop)
    #pragma config(Motor, mtr_S1_C2_2, turntable, tmotorTetrix, openLoop)
    #pragma config(Motor, mtr_S1_C3_1, leftWheel, tmotorTetrix, PIDControl, encoder)
    #pragma config(Motor, mtr_S1_C3_2, rightWheel, tmotorTetrix, PIDControl, encoder)
    #pragma config(Motor, mtr_S1_C4_1, shoulder, tmotorTetrix, PIDControl, encoder)
    #pragma config(Motor, mtr_S1_C4_2, elbow, tmotorTetrix, PIDControl, encoder)
    #pragma config(Servo, srvo_S1_C1_1, wristHigh, tServoStandard)
    #pragma config(Servo, srvo_S1_C1_2, wristLow, tServoStandard)
    #pragma config(Servo, srvo_S1_C1_3, latch, tServoStandard)
    #pragma config(Servo, srvo_S1_C1_4, servo4, tServoNone)
    #pragma config(Servo, srvo_S1_C1_5, servo5, tServoNone)
    #pragma config(Servo, srvo_S1_C1_6, servo6, tServoNone)

    #include "JoystickDriver.c"
    #include "controller.c"
    #include "driver.c"
    #include "arm.c"
    #include "initialize.c"

    /*
    The main task, started to run the TeleOp program.
    */
    task main()
    {
    initializeRobot();

    waitForStart(); // wait for start of tele-op phase

    StartTask(controllerTask);
    StartTask(driverTask);
    StartTask(armTask);

    while (true) { wait1Msec(1000); }
    }


    A: We are not able to provide code reviews for teams. The software inspection process includes a field inspection phase that assesses the correct functioning of the robot with respect to the field control system. This field inspection phase will be the determination of whether or not your code passes inspection.

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    Size of Engineering Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC5875 View Post
    Our team keeps an online engineering notebook. The 1 inch binder we are using is becoming too small to hold the number of pages we have. Can we use a second binder and have two notebooks. We still have a month to go until state and lots of improving to do.


    Make sure you are using both sides of the page (see Engineering Notebook Guidelines). Remove unnecessary page protectors as they take up space. Binders greater than 1.5" are not allowed. However, there is nothing in the rules that prevent teams from submitting more than one 1.5" binder for judging.
    Last edited by GDC Snowball Effect; 02-26-2013 at 11:55 PM.

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    Are RobotC Custom Drivers Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC5283 View Post
    While writing our program for autonomous, we were trying to figure out a way to make the HiTechnic IRSeeker determine the distance to the IR beacon, since on HiTechnic's website it says that the IRSeeker has the capability to do this but does not make any references on how someone would go about doing so. After searching for a while, I found a link to Xander Soldaat's RobotC driver suite, which contains a method that will allow me to do this. Would using these drivers for our robot's program be legal?

    A: Device drivers approved by the ROBOTC crew or the manufacturer of the device are allowed. Device drivers that are not approved by the ROBOTC crew and/or the device manufacturer are discouraged from being used as buggy device drivers can cause undesirable consequences that will not be grounds for match replays.
    Last edited by GDC Snowball Effect; 03-09-2013 at 09:08 AM. Reason: Changed ruling based on input from experts

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    Promote Award

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC5875 View Post
    Are you allowed to share your promote video on youtube before your competition?

    Sure. Let others see your presentation.

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    Engineering Notebook Binder Size

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC4586 View Post
    I have a follow up question to post #4. The rule is not clear on where the 1.5 inch limit is. Is this on the outside measurement of the binder or the size of the rings? 1.5 inch three ring binders are common items but the outside measurement of the binder is greater than 1.5 inches. Our engineering notebook will fit in a 1.5 inch three ring binder but measures about 2 inches thick. Should we purchase multiple 1 inch binders or is this okay?

    A: A 1.5" binder as advertised on the outside spine (usually) of the notebook is perfectly fine.

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    IR Beacon Output Level?

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC4508 View Post
    In our experience, the 9 volt battery on the infrared beacon dies very quickly, and gives out a weakened signal after a mere couple of hours of use. At several events this year, our autonomous code has failed in the last couple of matches due to a weak signal. Our goal is not to create problems for the reset team or add anymore to the FTA's job, but to ensure that every team gets a fair chance at the autonomous ring bonus points.

    What is the official rule on minimum battery strength for the infrared beacon?

    What is the recommended way of ensuring the beacon is emitting a strong signal during each match without being a burden to the FTA and field reset team?

    Thank you for your time and consideration of our question.


    A: The Red LED that is included within the beacon turns on before the battery voltage has dropped to a level that significantly affects the output of the beacon.

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    Coaches using calculators during play.

    Quote Originally Posted by FTC4240 View Post
    We know that using any form of communications device during game play is prohibited.

    But we want to verify that it IS legal for the coach to use a straight calculator to assist with scoring during game play.

    This would be a TI or HP device with no communication capabilities.

    Thanks.

    A: As long as the device in question cannot be confused by the casual observer as having any communication features, it would be okay to bring it to the field. Be prepared, however, to be asked to turn off the device if the Referee asks you to.

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