In all seriousness, that is good to know. My team has only disassembled our 2014 robot and we built a demo bot for kids out of the chassis, but we’ve been stripping the control systems off of all but the demo bot and this year’s, so we could use some cheap control systems.
We would have no need for CAN capabilities, so could the price point be dropped even further by using Sparks?
Wiring is dead simple, it’s 12V and CAN. I don’t have a diagram but maybe I can bribe a student into making one. It really isn’t hard though.
The breakouts were used to attach the encoders on the drivetrain to the Talon SRXs. We plan on testing out motion magic and motion profiling on this robot within the next few months so we’ll need the encoders. We also needed them to attach to the limit switches to prevent our mechanism from breaking.
That might seem like a lot if you are buying all of the parts new but I suspect most teams won’t be and instead might be looking to keep their stronghold robot online and working which might be using CAN today. The bulk of the cost is from the Talon SRXs and if you don’t need to purchase those or plan on purchasing new ones then it’s not that bad.