FIRST Choice Opening and FRC Manual Apps

Blog Date: 
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 09:21

FIRST Choice Opening

We’re very excited that FIRST Choice and select PDV’s open for ordering today at noon - check October 25th’s blog (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/blog-10-25-2012) for the original announcement. FIRST Choice password and Voucher codes will be in TIMS for all registered and paid teams at that time.

Special and extra thanks to the team at AndyMark for continuing to host FIRST Choice for free as an in-kind donation to FIRST, no small feat! They continue to be a valuable partner as we grow the FIRST Choice program.

One additional note: Teams will receive 100 credits now and 100 more credits at Kickoff.

The 2013 Kit of Parts website (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2013-kit-of-parts) is now posted and will be updated with more information at Kickoff. You can also see the differences between the Rookie and Veteran Kickoff Kits here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2013-rookie-veteran-variation.  This will help you make decisions on FIRST Choice and Voucher parts.

FRC Manual Apps

Android, iPhone, and iPad apps for the FRC Manual are now available in their respective apps stores.  Check them out, they’re pretty sweet.  The official apps for this year are by Enable Education.

I’ll blog again soon.

Frank

Comments

Is the FRC Manual available from the Amazon Appstore for Android?
Or how about in Kindle format?
Or PDF? Thanks.

The manual is always available in PDF from the usfirst.org website. It should be available after kickoff at:
http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/

Assuming FIRST's servers hold up under the strain. There's typically a password protected version uploaded a few days before kickoff as well, which would be announced on the blog here.

You can view the Administrative Manual here: http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/viewItem/2
On the right/top corner, there is a button to "Save as PDF."

Ok, I found how you can generate a PDF at http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/
Open one of the manuals, then there will be a "Save as PDF" button.

It would still be nice to have the app in Amazon's store or as an APK download (for Kindle Fire)

or have the manual in native Kindle format (for any Kindle, or any device with the Kindle reading app). Generic e-book formats like .MOBI would also work.

You can sideload the app onto a kindle fire. Download the app on Google Play Store on your Android Phone. Use Astro file manager to "back it up". Connect your Android to a computer, find the backed up version on the phone, & move it to the computer. Then, plug in your Kindle Fire and drop it in a folder. Open that up on the Kindle Fire with ES File Explorer and download away. Or just read http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/11/kindle-fire-sideload/

In respect to the listing of the variation between the rookie and veteran kits, is anything not on that list the different between the two kits? For example, our team wants to order a new compressor, pressure switch, etc. from FIRST Choice, but would that be included in the veteran KoP?

Will there be an announcement as to when on Saturday(or after) the additional 100 credits and game specific pieces will be added to FIRST Choice?

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