We originally planned on hanging. The Sunday before ship we realized that in order to get hanging working, other sub-systems such as ball control and kicking would be taking a back seat. We felt that ball control and kicking were more valuable systems than hanging, so we decided to not put on a hanging device for San Diego and instead improve our kicker and ball control systems.
How would hanging have made us dominate? I think had we hastily put on a hanging mechanism our performance would have been worse because our ball control and kicking systems would not be where they’re at now.
How many teams in San Diego were even capable of clearing the far and mid zones in autonomous? One? Two? How many teams could quickly and efficiently move balls from the mid-field to the near zone? That would not have been possible had we not had a reliable ball control and kicking system.
Remember, ‘the robot is never done’, we know there is a lot of room for improvement and we plan on making this robot better. I will guarantee one thing, this robot will look different when it takes the field for its first qualification match in Atlanta.