Sorry Blake, I didn’t answer your questions earlier. I kept checking back, and forgetting to look at the next page, lol.
I am worried that Line Following robots will have unnecessary trouble tracking the white lines in the corners of the field if red and blue tiles are actually used there.
Will the real field use those colored tiles in its corners?
• Real field colored tiles will be used. **
Will the real field’s sides be open as is shown in the illustrations of the field, or are the fields walls removed from the illustrations just so that we can see the playing surface better?
• Walls are removed for viewing the playing surface only. Actual game will have walls in place
I am worried that line Tracking Robots will have find turning the 90 degreee corners of the currently layout very hard to do at reasonablely high speeds.
I suggest changing those corners so that they use a couple of 45 degree corners, or three 30 degree corners, instead of one 90 degree corner.
• I admit that this may cause problems traveling at high speed, but that is a fun part for the students to solve
Is the event listed in the RobotEvents site yet? - I couldn’t find it yet.
• No, not sure why yet, working on it
Rules tell us that the ramps are made of 1/4 plywood; but with that said, I’m not 100% certain whether or not that 1/4" plywood will be covered by foam tiles, or will be painted, or will be raw (ply)wood, or will have grip tape strips on it , or …
What will the ramp surface be?
• They will be painted. Ramp is just a painted plywood surface.**
What is the distance from the entrance/exit of the tunnel to the center line of the goal post holding the racquetballs?
Is the Goal post made out of wood 2x4s?
• 22” inches from the goal is the start of the tunnel. Goal posts are made out of 1x3 wood.
Please publish an illustration (a straight-down top view would probably work well) that shows the distances between the field features and the whitelines, as well as the distances between the lines themselves.
If this can easily described in words instead of a drawing, then a drawing isn’t required.
• I will get on top of this
The colored arrows shown on top of the tunnel could mean that each alliance has one whiteline figure 8 assigned for their use and that the other alliance should stay off of that line. Is there any sort of allocation of the lines to the alliances?
The colored arrows shown on top of the tunnel could mean that each alliance has to drive on their assigned side of the “road” when driving around the track. Is this the case or may any robot drive in any direction or location with impunity so long as they don’t trigger the penalty associated with their lap line?
• The lines can be used by anyone. The colored arrow just indicates what direction they are headed.**
During the autonomous period (or whenever a robot initially moves) do the robots receive 2 points the first time they cross their lap line, even though they have not completed a true lap around the track?
**• Yes, crossing a lap marker at any time will give 2 points, even during autonomous. **
To earn points for making a lap, does the robot have to fully cross over the lap line (go past the colored bar and be fully over the grey tiles beyond the lap line), or will a robot partially across the line get the points?
If a robot partially across its lap line will reveive points, will a robot that has crossed any part of the lap line get points for making a lap, or must some part of the robot be fully across the line?
• A robot must fully cross a lap line to receive points. So if the robot stops on the lap line, then it will not receive 2 points.