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We had a great time at the 2013 FTC World Championship last week! It was awesome seeing so many teams using ROBOTC on their computers. We really enjoyed meeting all the different teams and hearing your stories. We will have interviews posted from the event in the next couple weeks. Thank you to every one who stopped by to say hi and congrats to EVERY team. Also thank you to FIRST and FTC for inviting us to be a part of such an awesome event. We look forward to next year!
Check out our short recap video:
And if you haven’t had a chance, head on over to our Facebook page to check out our photo album – FIRST World Championship 2013
We had so much fun at the 2013 VEX World Championships last week! We saw some great matches, met tons of fantastic people, and got a chance to share some big news with everyone throughout the week. We will be posting more detailed information on our news next week, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to every one who stopped by to say hi and congrats to EVERY team. You all did an amazing job. Also thank you to VEX Robotics and the REC Foundation for inviting us to be a part of such an awesome event. We look forward to next year!
Check out our short recap video:
And if you haven’t had a chance, head on over to our Facebook page to checkout our photo album – VEX Worlds 2013.
John and Karthik at VEX Robotics have put together a fantastic set of videos for teams competing in the VEX Sack Attack Robotics Competition.
The 9-video series breaks down the rules for the competition, and shows how referees will interpret the different scenarios that may occur. It’s definitely a worthwhile watch for any teams competing this year (or anyone who wants to see John hug this years game object).
You can watch the full video series here, or on their YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEC832168771665F2
The Grand Challenge is a staff designed course which is not revealed to participants until the day of the competition. Before the competition, participants are provided with a list of conditions and situations to prepare their robots for.
On the day of the competition, the participant’s programming knowledge and preparation are put to the test as they work to traverse the course in a limited amount of time. The robot that makes the most progress without stalling out or deviating from the course wins!
In this iteration of the Grand Challenge, the Cortex-based robot must:
- Navigate an obstructed path using feedback from the Shaft Encoders and Ultrasonic Rangefinder
- Track an incomplete line up and down a ramp using feedback from the Line Tracking sensors
- (Optional) Pick up the yellow ball and take it to the finish zone for extra points
- Respond to remote-control commands only in the final zone
- Avoid hitting obstacles in it’s path, walls on the field, and falling from the ramp
- Two driving motors, each with a Shaft Encoder
- An Omni-wheel acting as a rear-caster wheel
- Three Line Tracking Sensors
- An Ultrasonic Rangefinder
- Remote Control over VEXnet
Instructions for building this robot can be found here.
If you’d like ideas for creating your own Grand Challenge, check out this document for some inspiration.
Note: All materials are part of the VEX Cortex Video Trainer. Check it Out!
Are you part of a team that competes in VEX Robotics Competitions? If so, we’ve just released updated support documents that will help guarantee your success when you get to the field:
- Firmware Inspection using ROBOTC
- Firmware Inspection using the IFI Loader
- Testing Robots using the 75 MHz Crystals
- Testing Robots using the VEXnet Upgrade
- Using the ROBOTC Competition Templates
- Complete ROBOTC Software Inspection Guide (11 MB)