No Size Limit for Robots, Oh Boy...
The 2015 FIRST Robotics game is Recycle Rush, and it has some heads spinning because of the diversity and rule changes. The fact that there really is no size limit to how big robots can be this year is amazing and we thought we would touch on the subject.
Obnoxiously Large Robots
Okay, so this idea might not be unknown to you already, but it is still important to look over the possibilities again. Large robots are certainly a option this year, unlike other years, so that can be a game-changer depending on how it is built and played. Typically robots over a certain size don't do well in FIRST Robotics because of how the field is designed; the field is small in size and commonly have larger objects obstructing the playing field. History also shows that small, compact, simple designed robots do better than larger ones.
A larger robot is certainly a viable option, so lets talk about how they could benefit your team. From what we have found and thought about, here are pro's and con's to having a larger robot that exceeds the robots normal configuration.
- Could make stacking totes easier
- Could be simpler to maintain because of larger spaces for electronics and motors
- Probably will get in the way of other teams
- Hard to transport
- Difficult to say in the weight limit (120 lbs.)
- Could get very complicated with the design and functions
Those are some pro's and con's we came up with and I am sure there are others out there. Overall, at FRCNation we would suggest that you keep your robots small, simple, and compact. If you have any ideas about pro's and con's of a larger robot, please comment below!
There was a comment on Chief Delphi (http://goo.gl/jKLUZY) about the idea of a having a CraneBot that would literally move around the field or stay stationary and pick up totes like a crane. Common sense tells us that something like that would never work, but we would like to challenge a team to make it!