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My team is wondering if we are allowed to use a arduino board solely for decoration and show? We are in FTC and we are going to state and we are wondering if that is allowed? Does anybody know the answer? All help apprieciated
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Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:49 pm
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You can get an official answer here: http://ftcforum.usfirst.org/
From looking at the manual, as long as you follow rule <R5> d.
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<R5> d.
For the HiTechnic NXT Prototype Board the following constraints apply:
1. All power used in the circuits connected to the NXT Prototype Board must be derived from
the power connections provided within the board. No batteries or external power sources
are allowed.
2. Circuits may connect only to the named connections provided by the NXT Prototype Board
(i.e. A4‐A0, B5‐B0, 3V, 4V, 9V, 5V, GND).
3. Communication to the NXT Controller may only occur through the included NXT connector.
4. Any compatible sensor may be connected to the NXT Prototype Board, provided that no
other rules are violated.  Sensors may be distributed throughout the Robot; they do not
need to be physically attached to the NXT Prototype Board.
5. Additional circuit boards may be connected to the NXT Prototype Board as needed.
6. The processor included in the NXT Prototype Board may not be reprogrammed.
7. Circuits included as part of the HiTechnic NXT Prototype Board may not cause interference
with any Robot on the playing field, any part of the field management system or any game
element.


And Rule <R5> f.
Code:
<R5> f.
Teams may add non‐functional decorations from parts not on the above list, provided that these
parts are non‐functional, do not require external power except as specified in rule <R5>d or <R5>c32,
do not affect the outcome of the match, are not hazardous to themselves or other teams, and are in
the spirit of Gracious Professionalism.

You should be fine.

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