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Most Innovative Teams

Who are the most mechanically innovative teams to pass through FRC? What years and what mechanisms?

2010- Winnovation with their brilliant 6 wheel swerve, 67 and 1717's gas spring hanging mechanisms.

2008- Winnovation and Simbotics with their surgical tubing ball launchers (Granted they weren't the only ones)

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Re: Most Innovative Teams

118 in 08 stands out to me. The waterjet cuts, robonaut v6, coaxial swerve, surgical tubing launcher...quite awesome and quite innovative. There week 3 video goes down as one of the best teasers of all time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAJBC-DDL9w

I'm seeing a surgical tubing trend...
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Re: Most Innovative Teams

'08
1108- Suction ball control with a catapult. Very cool!
2337- We all know "das boot"

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1986- If there empty cell launching strategy had worked better, they would have been unstoppable
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I'm ashamed of myself for not mentioning this in my first post.

1771 in 08 is absolutely the coolest robot ever.
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Re: Most Innovative Teams

2007: I guess i have to jump on the Winnovation bandwagon too, their ramp lifter lifted 2 robots AND themselves off the ground

2008: 1771 had the suckiest robot that year ;-) and it worked!
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Re: Most Innovative Teams

I think 71 making weight in 2007 was pretty innovative in itself, never mind how good they were. Dual 12 inch ramps, effective gripper and a swerve drive. A lot of teams made tradeoffs to get one of those three things and Beatty had all three.
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254/968 in their huge focus on continuous improvement, efficient design (especially in their drivetrain) and efficient manufacturing techniques.

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I really liked 2337's robot this year, I truely thought it was one of a kind
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I really liked 2337's robot this year, I truely thought it was one of a kind
we nicknamed it "ca-chunk" thats the sound it makes when it hangs. lol

and the mid-season addition of a double-functioning scoring diverter was nice too
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umm guys...469? EVERY YEAR EVER (okay, done now)
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This year, undoubtedly, 469.

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Aren's right for as long as I can think back.
2005, the giant tower that could simultaneously stack like 5 or more tetras
2006, their shooter that had the abbility to shoot a coulmn of balls
2007, drawing a blank
2008, They had the side roller collectors that were originally on an arm, and then converted to a luancher (the collectoer was quite different)
2009, Multi-column shooter was pretty original.
2010, What did they do in 2010 again?
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Aren's right for as long as I can think back.
2005, the giant tower that could simultaneously stack like 5 or more tetras
2006, their shooter that had the abbility to shoot a coulmn of balls
2007, drawing a blank
2008, They had the side roller collectors that were originally on an arm, and then converted to a luancher (the collectoer was quite different)
2009, Multi-column shooter was pretty original.
2010, What did they do in 2010 again?
2007 - Giant airport landing strip ramp similar to RUSH's. It was nice for wide robots like us that year; one of the few we had no problems driving up on.
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Re: Most Innovative Teams

I think that in '08 1771 was pretty much the most innovative. And they have an award to prove it.

In '09, I really liked 111's machine. There was also another team that had a similar implementation of that design and I simply loved it.

In '10, 469 was amazing. I was freaking out when at the bell, the game was tied, and then all of a sudden they score two more goals because of their loop and grabed the win. 67 and 1717 were also pretty impressive with their ability to lift even after the buzzer.
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Another addition to my Winnovation list - their 2010 lifter was also gas spring powered. These kids are insane.
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