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    Can the minibot be deployed by having it tethered to a battery left on the Tower base, if the battery is fully separated from the Hostbot?

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    Re: Minibot deployment--battery

    IMO it would exceed the maximum allowable dimension for the minibot.

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      Re: Minibot deployment--battery

      Originally posted by 2011FRC0175 View Post
      IMO it would exceed the maximum allowable dimension for the minibot.
      <R91> The MINIBOT may not exceed a 12” x 12” x 12” volume and weigh no more than 15 lbs

      MINIBOTS will be inspected for the volume constraint by being placed in a five-sided box with internal dimensions of 12" x 12" x 12". If the lid (the sixth side of the cube) does not seat properly, the MINIBOT does not pass this part of the MINIBOT inspection.

      MINIBOTS are measured by volume. The volume of a tether does not change merely because it is extended. If the tether, battery and mechanism fit in the box, they comply to the rule on measured volume.

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        Re: Minibot deployment--battery

        R91> The MINIBOT may not exceed a 12” x 12” x 12” volume and weigh no more than 15 lbs

        Thats the configuration that the minibot must have throughtout. So the tether and battery will be in violation of the rule if you leave it at the base.

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          Re: Minibot deployment--battery

          Originally posted by 2011FRC3059 View Post
          R91> The MINIBOT may not exceed a 12” x 12” x 12” volume and weigh no more than 15 lbs

          Thats the configuration that the minibot must have throughtout. So the tether and battery will be in violation of the rule if you leave it at the base.
          How do the volume of the tether, battery and Minibot change by extending them from one another. The space between them changes, but that space is not part of their aggregate volume; only the parts themselves must satisfy the volume requirement.

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            Re: Minibot deployment--battery

            The rule was quoted for you (<R91>) - the MINIBOT cannot exceed 12x12x12. The MINIBOT as a whole, not individual parts of a MINIBOT.

            Besides, the GDC has already answered the question here: http://forums.usfirst.org/showpost.p...69&postcount=7
            Last edited by Gary Voshol; 01-26-2011, 03:47 PM.

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              Re: Minibot deployment--battery

              Originally posted by Gary Voshol View Post
              The rule was quoted for you (<R91>) - the MINIBOT cannot exceed 12x12x12. The MINIBOT as a whole, not individual parts of a MINIBOT.

              Besides, the GDC has already answered the question here: http://forums.usfirst.org/showpost.p...69&postcount=7
              I appreciate the link, but you did not quote the rule; I quoted it. The rule establishes a measure of volume. The volume of the Minibot would not change even if its dimensions changed. The volume is measured before the match. Nothing in the rule says anything about linear measures. The rule should be rewritten to make clear that the dimensional measure cannot be exceeded at any time.

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                Minibot deployment--battery

                Since only one 12V rechargable NiMH battery pack is required does that mean we can not use the battery for NXT?

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                • #9
                  Re: Minibot deployment--battery

                  You are allowed the batteries for the NXT. GDC answered that in the Q&A section.

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                    Re: EMinibot deployment--battery

                    The rules state that the minibot, during inspection must fit within the 12 x 12 x 12 box to pass inspection. The rules also state that the minibot cannot exceed these dimensions at any time. you can make it smaller than any of these dimensions, but it cannot exceed any of them.
                    Last edited by 2011FRC0175; 01-27-2011, 08:41 PM. Reason: Added info

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