Our team wants to put blue lights on our robot (since it is our team color). However we are not sure if we are allowed to since the goals will have blue lights lit up on them at times (i.e. to designate “hot spot”). We are wondering if there is any rules regarding this.
ROBOT parts shall not be made from hazardous materials, be unsafe, cause an unsafe condition, or interfere with the operation of other ROBOTS.
Examples of items that will violate R8include (but are not limited to):
A. Shields, curtains, or any other devices or materials designed or used to obstruct or limit the vision of any DRIVERS and/or COACHES and/or interfere with their ability to safely control their ROBOT
B. Speakers, sirens, air horns, or other audio devices that generate sound at a level sufficient to be a distraction
C. Any devices or decorations specifically intended to jam or interfere with the remote sensing capabilities of another ROBOT, including vision systems, acoustic range finders, sonars, infrared proximity detectors, etc. (e.g. including imagery on your ROBOT that, to a reasonably astute observer, mimics the VISION TARGET)
D. Exposed lasers other than Class I.
E. Flammable gasses
F. Any device intended to produce flames or pyrotechnics
G. Hydraulic fluids or hydraulic items
Teams should provide MSD Sheets for any materials they use that might be considered questionable during ROBOT Inspection.
You’ll have to assess your design on the basis of this rule, which isn’t clear-cut.
February 11, 2014, 3:51pm
You should be fine. Putting reflective tape on your robot is illegal since it messes with vision processing, but lights are okay provided they are not blinding.
February 11, 2014, 4:05pm
Not quite. Don’t know if it really matters, since there may be teams that target the lights during teleop, but appropriate alliance colors (blue/red) to indicate number of assists. Yellow to indicate Hot Goal during autonomous.
Thank you for your help. We are going to go ahead and put them on and if there is a problem we will take them off.
Are you sure the Hot Spot LEDs are blue? Maybe a careful reading of the rules could be your friend??