Decorations which provide visual feedback to Drive Team Members (e.g. decorative lighting) are
permitted, provided that they do not violate any other rules and serve no other function (e.g. structural support).
It seems like Taran’s jank LED strip solution can be used! Am I reading this right?
R13d forbids (typo) interfering with any vision sensors, so presumably you should check what your lighting scheme registers as (if anything) on a vision sensor (or colour sensor?) from all possible angles for partners/opponents.
If there are any teams that haven’t programmed feedback to their remote(s) yet, I heartily recommend experimenting. It takes a little bit of processing/communication time, and glances at the controller of course if it’s visual, so it might not suit in the heat of battle depending on how fancy you get, but while you’re practicing driving you could include more telemetry.
Yeah it is often used for things that cannot be obviously seen by the driver. In FRC we use it for telling us when the flywheel is up to speed (N/A for TiP), preset states, battery levels, color detection, climb status, and other things of the sort. I know that some of these aren’t applicable for TiP, but those are some of the common uses that we often will use in FRC.
Yeah, I guess teams with a smaller budget would need solid justification for a vision sensor purchase. Jumping for a mogo during auton will presumably benefit from one when the goal you intended is no longer there. And of course feedback lighting is not of interest during auton, so it can all stay off. Maybe a rumble and a flash at the start of driving to explain the robot’s condition.