Answered: Using the MC29 with the VEX flashlight

There does not seem to be a ruling on the use of the motor controller 29 for controlling devices other than motors in competition.

Is the use of the MC29 connected to a motor port allowed for controlling the VEX flashlight? ( I assume the answer here is yes but would like clarity )

Is the use of the MC29 connected to a digital output port allowed for controlling the VEX flashlight? (untested but should work)

The desire is to have a controllable light source that is not disabled by field control.

Thanks.

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These are both legal. However, please remember that the flashlight should not be used in a distracting manner. (i.e. Don’t flash it quickly and repeatedly like a strobe light.)

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Thanks Karthik

Understood, the question was prompted by my evaluation of field tile color detection. The flashlight would illuminate the tile below the robot but needs to be modulated so the software is more robust. This needs to happen before the robot is first enabled by field control, hence the question.

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You’re welcome.

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