We also thought that it was the non-slip mat. Another robot in the competition is using a similar material in a similar design, but theirs was blue.
On the other hand, we tried to build a replica of this in a prototype, and could not get it to stay connected. Since we could not glue it, we tried to attach it with a series of screws, and the materials continued to rip in our prototyping.
We are also thinking about this. We talked through the pros and cons on the tank tread, over the mat, and we think the mat would work better because of how much more surface area it covers while intaking, and it also doesn’t leave gaps in between the sprockets.
I seem to recall a post here on the forums describing a mechanism much like (if it’s not the same robot) the tall blue robot in match 1 in the video, with the rolling support that extends/retracts with the arm going up/down. However, I cannot seem to locate that post. Does anyone know the post I am thinking of, and could you redirect me there if so? Thanks!