FRC Blogged - FIRST Choice, 2013 Control System, and Regional Slots

Nov 16, 2012 Written by FIRST Staff

FIRST Choice

In case you missed it, FIRST Choice opened for a little pre-holiday window shopping on Monday.  Check it out:

And don’t forget to look at the 2013 FIRST Choice Ordering Rules: /robotics/frc

Remember one of the changes this year – teams will be able to place orders starting December 10th.

2013 Control System

I wanted to give you a quick update on the 2013 Control System. The majority of the Control System hardware will not change from 2012 to 2013 (with the exception of the Jaguar modifications disclosed earlier in this blog), but there are two more exceptions we thought you should know about now.

First, the list of approved motor controllers will be expanded. Specifically, Cross the Road Electronics’ Talon and Innovation First’s Victor 888 motor controllers will be legal.

Second, all teams will receive in their Kickoff Kit, and be required to use, a new wireless bridge. The new bridge is still a D-Link DAP 1522, but only the hardware Rev B version will be permitted. More details about this change as well as other changes being made in response to the Einstein investigation will be shared in the next few weeks. Keep your eye on this blog for a pointer to a document that details progress on the “Next Steps” defined in the Einstein Investigation Report.

 wireless bridges side by side

Regional Slots

The following regionals still have team slots available.  Note that for some of these, the Regional page on our website shows zero open capacity – but this capacity does not include the handful of slots typically kept on reserve.  So, if you have any interest in going to these events, please register for them!  Also, please make sure to check the Regional page for specific dates of these events – some do not follow the Thursday-Saturday pattern.

  • Greater Toronto West
  • Western Canadian
  • Hub City
  • Las Vegas
  • Spokane
  • Israel
  • Pine Tree
  • Bayou
  • Buckeye
  • Central Valley

I’ll blog again soon.


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