Thanks Jim for posting the behind the scenes discussion that went on. Knowing the discussion helps all of us.
For those of you that don’t know Jim (since he is up to post #2) , he is a robotics rock star in the Philly Area. He started off as we all do with a kit, and it became a mission. His former school has robotics in almost every part of the day “Students, todays’s lunch are macaroni spirals that match the worm gears found in 276-2184.” He had an amazing cadre of middle and highschool roboteers and ran the last two Pennsylvania State Championships with over 70 teams in attendance.
Those of us in Philadelphia morn his loss to RECF, teams in NY, PA, NJ, MD and VA should really be excited. He’s a great guy, you will like working with him.
I agree with the concept. I would have loved the rules to say “Yes, you may have noted no tape on the tower, we want you to start using sensors, VEX has been selling them for years and years, get with it”.
I would have loved a GDC Youtube. Picture Wizard of Oz and how it’s a giant head wreathed in clouds of smoke. Any head will do, but I picture Karthik.
*Head: I’m the great and powerful GDC, speak your question.
Young Roboteer: Hey, can we get tape on top of the clear tower?
Head: No. The GDC has spoken.
Roboteer slumps and heads to the door.
Head: Hey roboteer, wait a second…
**Roboteer **turns and looks
Head: We want you to use sensors to figure things out. You do a good job in autonomous but we want you to use sensors during the operator phase.
**Roboteer **nods slowly.
**Head: **And, just between us, in 2015 most of the goals will be holograms that can only be seen by the robot.
**Roboteer *nods faster, turns and leaves
I would have told event partners to go get some of the Zazzle tape (the multicolor rainbow tape that reflects light every which way. $2 per roll at your local craft store) and wrap it around the top.
That would have given teams four choices for sensors, rotational to figure where the arm is, ultrasonic to see where the tube ends and either the line follower or the light sensor to see the flashy light strip at the top. The vision impaired people would also get the hint, but not be at a disadvantage this year.
Plus, it mitigates the safety issue, hard to slam your face into a tube that has a reflective strip at the top.
But, based on today, I’m happy with Jim’s post on the why, and appreciate him giving some additional “what really happened”