"If I Got Picked as a V5 Beta Tester..."

  1. 6 weeks ago

    Gear Geeks

    Jan 11 Event Partner, V5 Beta Tester Virginia, USA 8044

    OK. Since we all have 24 hours to wait to see if we got picked, tell my what you plan to do if you get selected as a V5 beta tester.

    If I were picked, I would go to as many tournaments as I could between now and the end of the season to let teams put hands on the V5.

    What about you? Cmon! I know you've thought about it!!

  2. marsgate17

    Jan 11 Syracuse, IN 574C

    After I finish drooling over all the new features, I'll probably just build an "In The Zone" robot so I can familiarize my self with the v5 as well as test out some rebuild ideas my team has brainstormed.

  3. Mystellianne

    Jan 11 Miami, Florida 4411W

    I'd probably spend every waking hour from the time I get it testing out its capabilities, because my team is most likely switching to it next year and we'd want to know in advance what it is we'll be working with.

    Because it'll take time to get used to the new components, I'd like to start learning early how far I can push them so that I can make early, safe decisions on my motor distributions for next year.

    Once I've determined the possibilities for 8 motors (as that's most likely the limit for next year), I may build individual mechanisms (depending on the amount of motors given) for this year's game just to see how they compare with existing motor spreads. (Theoretically, if given 8 motors, you could build a 4 motor 300rpm base, 1 motor dr4b, 1 motor 4-bar extender on top, 1 motor mogo intake, 1 motor roller/claw intake). The dr4b seems like a bit of a stretch on one motor, but that's what testing is for. Also, from what I read these motors run on 10 watts instead of 4, so if a 2-motor dr4b works now, this shouldn't be too difficult.

    Also, if I got to beta test it, I would definitely bring it in to my school's robotics club to let the other teams get their hands on it, as in the coming years they will most likely start implementing it in the classroom with kits (if we ever get the funds to purchase them), so that they also have an opportunity to get their hands on it a little early. Gotta give back a little, you know?

  4. Easton

    Jan 11 Loganville, GA, USA 1958 A

    I don't think I will be a beta tester since if I got to be a beta tester, I'd just make a 8 motor 600 RPM 60:1 gear ratio and make a flywheel then make a 8 motor 600 RPM 2:1 chassis to see how fast it is. Then I'd try to program a few things, but since I can't program I'd just go back to messing around with the new motors. After all that, I'd show the stuff to all the people at our robotics team

  5. Malovelent1

    Jan 11 Cumming, GA 109Z

    @Easton I don't think I will be a beta tester since if I got to be a beta tester, I'd just make a 8 motor 600 RPM 60:1 gear ratio and make a flywheel then make a 8 motor 600 RPM 2:1 chassis to see how fast it is. Then I'd try to program a few things, but since I can't program I'd just go back to messing around with the new motors. After all that, I'd show the stuff to all the people at our robotics team

    Why can I relate to this so hard... This is legit what I would do.

  6. Dokkaebi

    Jan 11 Deal with it I like chocolate

    I would make an 8 motor 600 rpm chassis and chase my siblings with it. I would also try a 2 motor 200 rpm drive with a 15 pound load.

  7. Gear Geeks

    Jan 11 Event Partner, V5 Beta Tester Virginia, USA 8044

    @Dokkaebi I would make an 8 motor 600 rpm chassis and chase my siblings with it. I would also try a 2 motor 200 rpm drive with a 15 pound load.

    LOL! Perhaps I could torment my dog.

  8. 321A

    Jan 11 Skokie, Illinois 321A
    Edited 6 weeks ago by 321A

    8 motors are only the limit for competition.. therefore i would make a 12-16 motor pusher for pulling me around the during a competition to show the real power of V5.

  9. Malovelent1

    Jan 11 Cumming, GA 109Z

    @321A 8 motors are only the limit for competition.. therefore i would make a 12-16 motor pusher for pulling me around the during a competition to show the real power of V5.

    Make a throne only worthy for the best

  10. Brian_9605A

    Jan 11 MA (Southern New England) 9605A

    I would start doing testing with it to find out what kind of gear ratios are gonna be reasonable for different subsystems of the robot. (For example, we all know that LS 1:5 or HS 1:7 are reasonable gear ratios for a 4m dr4b, ignoring that you can go higher) I would also start testing with all the new sensors, especially the vision sensor to find out what the limitations of them are, how useful are gonna be, how well will my current code libraries transfer over, etc. Since I have all my vex stuff in my basement, I should have a bit of time to work with v5 should I get selected.

  11. Baguette123

    Jan 11 Earth 2775J

    Just show as many people at tournaments as possible, try out some designs, (RD4B, Scissor Lift, Chainbar, Mogo Lift, etc.), maybe see what all the vision sensor can do...

  12. Barin

    Jan 11 Arizona

    I plan on making some programming tutorials for the new platform (likely with the new VEX Coding Studio) if I get picked.

  13. [TVA]Connor

    Jan 11 South Texas 1814D, 3674R

    @Easton I don't think I will be a beta tester since if I got to be a beta tester, I'd just make a 8 motor 600 RPM 60:1 gear ratio and make a flywheel then make a 8 motor 600 RPM 2:1 chassis to see how fast it is. Then I'd try to program a few things, but since I can't program I'd just go back to messing around with the new motors. After all that, I'd show the stuff to all the people at our robotics team

    I would revisit nbn year with the V5 ;)

  14. Zach929Y

    Jan 11 somewhere in the cosmos 929Y

    I would build a chassis and mess around with the vision sensor since i believe that it will be insanely useful in future games. Maybe eventually try to make a skills bot that looks for mogos so it doesnt rely so much on hard coded tasks. I also want to play around with the 600RPM motors to see how fast i can make something. 2M chassis tests are also on the list if i get one.

  15. Evan56G

    Jan 12 Cape Elizabeth, Maine 56G

    I’d build a mobile goal catapult......

  16. 5 weeks ago

    Ashwin Gupta

    Jan 12 California 2496V

    @Evan56G I’d build a mobile goal catapult......

    you are already late to the party.

  17. TheColdedge

    Jan 12 Columbus, Indiana 1483
    Edited 5 weeks ago by TheColdedge

    I would read the NDA.

    Then Decide

  18. Gear Geeks

    Jan 12 Event Partner, V5 Beta Tester Virginia, USA 8044

    @TheColdedge I would read the NDA.

    Then Decide

    True! I was wondering if there would be "strings" attached and if you get to keep the equipment afterward or have to turn it back in.

  19. TheColdedge

    Jan 12 Columbus, Indiana 1483

    @Gear Geeks True! I was wondering if there would be "strings" attached and if you get to keep the equipment afterward or have to turn it back in.

    I'm just assuming since beta testers will primarily be looking for problems (so they can be fixed), that they will make beta testers agree to not disclose certain things to the general public. I was a little surprised they opened this up to students because of the complicated mess it could potentially be to enter a legal agreement with a Minor. Maybe they will chose to be completely transparent, I dunno.

  20. Gear Geeks

    Jan 12 Event Partner, V5 Beta Tester Virginia, USA 8044

    @TheColdedge I'm just assuming since beta testers will primarily be looking for problems (so they can be fixed), that they will make beta testers agree to not disclose certain things to the general public. I was a little surprised they opened this up to students because of the complicated mess it could potentially be to enter a legal agreement with a Minor. Maybe they will chose to be completely transparent, I dunno.

    It all remains to be seen! I was kind of confused by the title "Beta Testing." I thought that beta testing is normally done earlier so that any issues that the testers find can be fixed prior to large scale development. Since it is mid-January and these things are going to start shipping in May, there is no way any input from beta testers can be incorporated into the manufacturing for May deliveries. I am assuming at this point, there are thousands of V5s in a warehouse somewhere (this is all a guess on my part). Because of the timing for this, I am thinking the it is not really going to serve as beta testing. It is more to help get information out and create some hype among possible users...

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