I think this would be a great addition, even before talking about your complex examples, just allowing teams to integrate the live scores to the dashboard might help the drive team make decisions on the fly, a simple example would be shooting instead of climbing in the end game in close qual matches.
I love the idea but I think before that, FIRST should at least update the FMS system. This year, we have seen many crashes and issues. The FMS is old and needs a lot of updates and upgrades. Hopefully update/upgrade the FMS this offseason
Agree with your point, even “simple” things such as visualization to the drive team is also important and can be improved easily by having scores breakdown available in robot code.
Isn’t it absurd that drive teams are having a hard time to see the scoreboard during a match?
Screens during events are at inconsistent locations, and a lot of the time the drive team need to make big gestures in order to be able and view the scores during a match.
Would you imagine that a football or basketball team can’t know what the scores are?
I would love to at least see the scores in FMS so then our drive team can make the call to play d or stay scoring throughout the match. I personally want time, score, and fouls. It just gives drive team more info to play with. You could argue that it is too much information and that only the good teams will use it and get an upper hand over newer teams but that info is very vague and will most likely not be used much. I just want it for logging.
I read a description this year of the match scheduling algorithm used for events. The most important goals of that algorithm are to avoid teams getting scheduled with insufficient turnaround times, and then to avoid being teamed with the same teams or against the same teams too frequently. However, one of the less important considerations of that algorithm is to equalize blue and red assignments, because the programmers of the algorithm were aware that at many events the screens were not equally visible from both sides of the field.
Having a way for teams to display that data on their dashboards would give an opportunity for teams to offset that advantage somewhat.
As I was a first-year drive coach this year, I got a tip from 1810’s drive coach in a practice match. Start a 2:30 timer on your own phone and hold it in your hand during the match. As I’m a bit ADHD myself, this helps me a lot because holding my phone in my hand reminds me to look at it regularly when I’m caught up in the match, so I can yell out when it’s 1 minute left, go back to climb, etc.
Yeah, even though I put my phone in airplane mode before each match, it’s a fair point to avoid even an appearance of impropriety. Thanks. I think I will purchase a digital oven timer for this purpose, as it really helps for me to hold something in my hand during the match.