Registration, Beta Test and Frank Answers Fridays

Blog Date: 
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 14:11

Registration

As of midnight last night, we had 1,565 teams registered for their first event. This is a 24% increase from the same time last year, and that’s good news.

Some of you have noted that the opening of registration went very smoothly this year. The FIRST IT department made several changes to equipment and software, and did substantial testing, to help ensure teams experienced minimal delay. I was told what the changes were, but honestly didn’t understand all the terms being used. (What exactly is an ambiphasient lunar wane shaft?) However, I was in IT Mission Control, where registration was being monitored, when things kicked off, and there was much pizza being eaten and many happy noises being made, so things looked good on our side too!

Frank looking at registration numbers

[The FRC Director (on left, with bald spot) stares uncomprehendingly at a monitor while happy IT folks (out of shot) sing, eat pizza, and Morris dance.]

Beta Test   

The 2014 Beta Test teams have been selected.  Congratulations to the teams below!  These teams will be helping the FRC Control System team review the software libraries and build new code to share with all teams. Beta testing the changes for 2014 is a key part of the FRC Control System development cycle, and we thank these teams in advance for all of their help!

Some of the items Beta teams will be asked to test include:

  • New installation bundles for the Driver Station, NI Utilities, and LabVIEW Update
  • New features of the Driver Station including:
    • Improved setting and checking network settings
    • A display for WPILib version number on the code running on the robot
    • New features of the Smart Dashboard including a record/playback feature to record video and dashboard variables to a file and play them back onto the dashboard later.
    • A new, reformatted version of the LabVIEW Dashboard which also includes record/playback.
    • Bug fixes and improvements to C++ and Java libraries including Network Tables, Serial Port, I2C, Gyro, Encoder, Counter, Button, SPI and more.

All FRC teams will be able to communicate with the Beta Test teams on the forums.

Testing Java:

Team #

Team Nickname

City

State

Country

11

MORT

Mt. Olive

NJ

USA

254

The Cheesy Poofs

San Jose

CA

USA

340

Greater Rochester Robotics

Rochester

NY

USA

694

StuyPulse

New York

NY

USA

868

TechHOUNDS

Carmel

IN

USA

1241

THEORY6

Mississauga

ON

Canada

1245

MoHi Shazbots

Louisville

CO

USA

1533

Triple Strange

Greensboro

NC

USA

1711

The RAPTORS

Traverse City

MI

USA

1772

The Brazilian Trail Blazers

Gravatai

RS

Brazil

2601

Steel Hawks

Queens

NY

USA

2648

Infinite Loop

Oakland

ME

USA

2713

iRaiders

Melrose

MA

USA

2974

Walton Robotics

Marietta

GA

USA

3018

Nordic Storm

St. Peter

MN

USA

3310

Black Hawk Robotics

Heath

TX

USA

3506

YETI

Charlotte

NC

USA

3528

Up Next

Kansas City

MO

USA

3847

Spectrum

Houston

TX

USA

4579

RoboEagles

Federal Way

WA

USA

 

 

 

 

 

Testing LabVIEW:

Team #

Team Nickname

City

State

Country

115

MVRT

Cupertino

CA

USA

359

Hawaiian Kids

Waialua

HI

USA

624

CRyptonite

Katy

TX

USA

1038

Lakota Robotics

Liberty Township

OH

USA

1071

Team Max

Wolcott

CT

USA

1225

Gorillas

Hendersonville

NC

USA

1912

Team Combustion

Slidell

LA

USA

2283

Panteras

Mexico City

D.F.

Mexico

2341

Sprockets

Shawnee

OK

USA

2486

CocoNuts

Flagstaff

AZ

USA

2600

Falcons

Oak Ridge

NJ

USA

2614

MARS

Morgantown

WV

USA

2990

Hotwire

Aumsville

OR

USA

3009

High Scalers

Boulder City

NV

USA

3211

The Y Team

Yeruham

Southern

Israel

3288

Punchers

Big Piney

WY

USA

4004

MARS Rovers

Muskegon

MI

USA

4050

4-H Biohazard

Chambersburg

PA

USA

4265

Secret City Wildbots

Oak Ridge

TN

USA

4400

Cerbotics

Torreon

Coah.

Mexico

 

Testing C/C++:

Team #

Team Nickname

City

State

Country

156

RPM - Robotics Plus Mayhem

Fairview

PA

USA

288

288 RoboDawgs / 216 More RoboDawgs / 244 RoboDawgs 3D

Grandville

MI

USA

422

The Mech Tech Dragons

Richmond

VA

USA

1511

Rolling Thunder

Rochester

NY

USA

1741

Red Alert Robotics

Greenwood

IN

USA

1816

The Green Machine

Edina

MN

USA

2135

Presentation Invasion

San Jose

CA

USA

2175

The Fighting Calculators

Woodbury

MN

USA

3081

Kennedy RoboEagles

Bloomington

MN

USA

3318

GSMST Robodragons

Lawrenceville

GA

USA

3322

Eagle Imperium

Ann Arbor

MI

USA

3324

Metrobots

Columbus

OH

USA

3481

Bronc Botz

Helotes

TX

USA

3547

Virus

Monroe

MI

USA

4069

Lo-Ellen Robotics

Sudbury

ON

Canada

4452

First Noble Team

Seneca

SC

USA

4454

Rocketeers

Philadelphia

PA

USA

4470

TiGears

Placentia

CA

USA

4774

LAN Downunder

Sydney

NSW

Australia

4786

Nicolet F.E.A.R.

Glendale

WI

USA

Frank Answers Fridays

I don’t have a ‘Frank Answers Fridays’ this week. Plenty of good questions still in the hopper (keep them coming!), but I have other tasks vying for my attention today. We’ll have one next week.

I’ll blog again soon.

Frank 

Comments

What exactly is a ambiphasient lunar wane shaft? You can't throw out a term like that to a bunch of nerds and expect us to sit idley by!

Look up the youtube video called Turbo encabulator on Youtube.

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

All comments should embody the FIRST values of Gracious Professionalism® and will be moderated prior to posting. Thank you for helping to keep the conversation civil and productive.