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  • Beacon 2015-2016 update

    Our coach stated that there was a way to update last years beacons with this years software, that is if we were able to make it to a launch event which we weren't. Is there a way to update it here, if so how would one do that?

    Thank you for your time and consideration,
    -FTC9044

  • #2
    You can update the firmware of the beacon so it will have the required behavior of this year's game. But you need to purchase a "programmer". Unless you can share the cost with a number of teams, it may not be cost effective. You may be better off just buying new ones.

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    • #3
      What exactly is the new behavior?
      FTC6460 mentor (software+computer vision+electronics), FPGA enthusiast. In favor of allowing custom electronics on FTC bots.
      Co-founder of ##ftc live chat for FTC programming--currently you may need to join and wait some time for help--volunteer basis only.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by hexafraction View Post
        What exactly is the new behavior?
        The ability to reclaim beacons after five seconds. The old firmware (RES-Q) was locked on a color after claiming.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FTC9044 View Post
          Our coach stated that there was a way to update last years beacons with this years software, that is if we were able to make it to a launch event which we weren't. Is there a way to update it here, if so how would one do that?

          Thank you for your time and consideration,
          -FTC9044
          I would reach out to the group that hosted the launch event and see if there is another time that can be arranged to reprogram them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kaurichm View Post
            I would reach out to the group that hosted the launch event and see if there is another time that can be arranged to reprogram them.
            Yes, a lot of the local launch event organizers have purchased the programmer and offer local teams to have their beacons brought in for reprogramming. Contact your local organizer to see if they are doing this.
            Actually, it's not awfully important to have our old beacon reprogrammed because we mainly need them for testing autonomous. In that scenario, we don't expect the need of "reclaiming". So the old behavior is still okay for that particular purpose.

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