Thoughts and reactions (Note: for an odd reason, I happen to know some yet unreported details)
Well, but why? For example a passive mogo lift means you need 6 individually-addresable ports just for the drivebase. With significantly more powerful motors, you could use just one for MoGo and 4 for drivebase. And only 3 different control values, though forget about Y cables in V5.
IMEs? Noone in the know for obvious reasons coughI2Ccough.
Quads, pots? Half of the motors for all teams that want to stay relevant.
Now consider that you’re getting the promise of the IMEs with precise axle tracking but without an additional cable and/or more input ports consumed, while also enabling extra features of fast local PID, motion planning and system voltage compensation for free. And using reliable, industry proven communication bus that is actually suitable for the task, unlike I2C.
14V battery (higher system voltage generally) is what enables the RJ11-like connector, I’d be worried about passing the motor currents through that contact spring otherwise.
Can’t wait for those off-the-shelf curled cables on the long lifts. As long as the standard RJ11 fits the bill and not a different, custom-made one to support the motor currents. But 14V battery (higher system voltage generally) should make that more realistic.
Happens in many industries all the time. It’s called progress.
Also, sticking to outdated tech is usually the more expensive option. Plenty of 8bit micros of yesteryear are currently more expensive than better, faster, more efficient and easier to work with ARM MCUs, for example.
Actually, I wonder what will be the coding options for V5 and what will be published of the internal architecture? Besides VEX Coding studio (which, from what can I find looks more like ModKit with text option), I would expect RobotC as well. What about community options, like PROS? My students were about to start migration to PROS, but given the new hardware and likely architecture in V5, that might take time to catch up…
See this. I promised to not share more before the reveal, but this was public before. Also that piece was a prototype…