According to R12, we now have a “Watt” cap that can’t exceed 88W. That means we can expect those new 5.5W motors to be used in tandem with our robots. I’m excited for one, but I was wondering how you guys feel about it.
I’m excited for it, but I really hope that vex has enough stock to handle the huge rush of people ordering them.
I also am a little sad, as this will most likely mean the end of motor sharing such as ratchets and differentials.
Same thoughts, if the flex wheel situation taught us anything, the supply is going to be a worry. I also think it at least helps lower the bar for precise subsystems for newer teams. Motor sharing can still be pretty useful for higher end teams too as an advanced technique and not necessity.
Schools new to VEX are likely going to be using VEX EXP in the classroom, as such, students will have the 5.5 experience of knowing its strengths and limitations. So as those teams phase in to VRC it will be interesting to see how they allocate/invest in motors. I’ve heard veteran coaches moan about “Here is another VEX product to buy”, but I can see the flip where students will want the new larger motors and their coaches are pushing back on spending money :). We may see 8 motor drive base!
It sounds like you are confusing the 5.5W motor with the old cortex 393 motor (with a green end cap). The 5.5W motor was released a couple of years ago, it just has not been competition legal before, here’s a post with pictures comparing them.