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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:31 am 
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Danny,

I have a sponsor asking if a remote control can be used...

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:42 am 
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KTreat wrote:
I have a sponsor asking if a remote control can be used...

A "remote control" of any kind can never be used during a match. Rule 3.2.1 even specifies that bluetooth must be disabled on NXT systems at all times. Outside these limitations, however, a remote control may be used during initial setup or in the pits if the teams wish (so long as use of that remote control does not violate other rules, such as Rule 3.2.1). Once the match starts, any attempts to use a remote control of any kind will immediately disqualify a team from competition.

Rule 2.2.6 clearly specifies that during a match robots are fully-autonomous, and that outside influences are not allowed. The only exception to this is Rule 2.2.4, where robots are allowed to be STARTED by providing some outside influence - once the robot is started, robots must be fully-autonomous.

Some extremely illegal methods of remote controlling a robot over the years have been:
  • Using a light-emitting device (such as a laser pen) to direct a light sensor on a robot.
  • Using an ultrasonic sensor to move a hand near/over a robot to guide its actions.
  • Using a sound sensor to verbally/audibly direct the robot's actions.
  • Touching / Bumping a robot during the match.
  • Using hand-held touch sensors with very long cables as "remote controlling devices."
  • IR devices with the RCX Mindstorms brick.
  • Bluetooth devices with the NXT brick (see Rule 3.2.1)

If you need to use some form of "remote control" (that does not involve enabling bluetooth or breaking any other rules) to help setup your robot, that is allowed. But generally any form of remote control while the match is in progress will immediately disqualify a team (with the only exception being what is allowed by Rule 2.2.4).

-Danny


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