Is a translating climber worth it?

Basically do you think the ability to adjust position on the bar without setting down will be necessary to be competitive this year?

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We did the math for this, and it turns out, no. There’s going to be about 1.3-1.5 feet of error on either side to be level (<8 degrees) w/two robots, depending on the difference of the robots’ weight, so as long as your climber doesn’t slide or swing much and you have a good visual (camera?) you will be fine.

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Personally, I like Johnathans take on it:

Doesnt mean we wont see teams with it and them do well with it, but id be focusing on just the climbing aspect first, then consider movement on the bar.

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Another reason to have it is when your alliance partner fails to climb, you can traverse the bar to balance it and gain 15 points.

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Good point but I don’t see that as a reason to make it equivalent in priority to a normal climb.

Can you share this math?

Yeah, please don’t edit it, but here’s the math https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OQQR1eoXrZlZKlEbvX6DBsVxvHzwr0Yjhy0JPKTjFIY/edit#gid=0

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Necessary? No. Extremely important? Still no.

This bar is pretty stable, you have some tolerance when lining up. I’ll call it now, more robots will be hurt by building a position adjuster for climbing then it will help.

You can edit the permissions so that people can only view the link unless they make a copy. If you need help doing that feel free to DM me and I’ll assist, I’d hate for someone who views it to accidentally edit it. Thank you for sharing it!

Edit: I made a personal copy from the doc, so let me know if you ever need a backup :stuck_out_tongue:

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