Information for 2013 - the What, When, Where & How

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 16:58

With Kickoff only a few days away, we’re going post a good deal of information and documentation to help you hit the ground running. We recommend you download everything you need ahead of time to 1) beat the rush and help us even out the load on servers and 2) have what you need ready to go on Saturday when/where you may not have internet access.

Below is a quick summary of what will be available, when it will be available, where you can get it, and how it will be shared.

Available Now

  • 2013 Development Environment Installation Instructions (WPI Lib ScreenSteps page):  This site has additional control system information, but these instructions are particularly helpful for getting started. [Unencrypted] NOTE (as of 1/3/12): An issue has been discovered with the PDF generation for the ScreenSteps documentation resulting in incomplete, unpublished articles being included in the PDFs. All completed and published articles available online are properly included. We are working to resolve this issue and will update the PDFs as soon as possible.
  • 2013 Game Manual (FRC Manual page):  The manual will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. [Encrypted]
  • 2013 Field Drawings (FRC Manual page): These drawings are included on the Manual page as “Supplemental Documentation” and will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. [Encrypted]
  • 2013 Team Version Drawings (FRC Manual page): These drawings are included on the Manual page as “Supplemental Documentation” and will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. [Encrypted]
  • 2013 Robot Quick-Build Instructions (FRC Technical Resources page) [Encrypted]
  • 2013 KOP Checklists (FRC Kit of Parts page): Checklists will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. [Encrypted]
  • 2013 FRC Bridge Configuration Utility (FRC Technical Resources page): This is needed by all teams to configure the radio for home use. This application requires Java installed on the machine. [Unencrypted]
  • 2013 Classmate Image Files (Intel)More information is available on the FRC Technical Resources page. [Unencrypted]
  • 2013 C++/Java Software Updates (WPI Lib First Forge page): This is only needed by teams using C++/Java and will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. [Encrypted]
  • 2013 LabVIEW Utility Updates (National Instruments): This is needed by all teams and will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. Currently links to 2012 information, will change over to 2013 information once files are posted January 3. [Encrypted]
  • 2013 Driver Station Application (National Instruments): This is needed by all teams and will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. Currently links to 2012 information, will change over to 2013 information once files are posted January 3. [Encrypted]
  • 2013 LabVIEW Updates (National Instruments): This is only needed by teams using LabVIEW and will be unencrypted immediately after Kickoff. Currently links to 2012 information, will change over to 2013 information once files are posted January 3. [Encrypted]
  • Kinect Server (WPI Lib First Forge page): Requires Microsoft’s SDK, V 1.6, installer will prompt user to install if not already on machine. [Encrypted]

Available January 5

For the encrypted files, the decryption code (it’s the same code for all encrypted files) will be disclosed at the end of the Kickoff broadcast. Meanwhile, we recommend you bookmark the FRC Technical Resources page where all of these links (and others to information already posted) will also be available.

Comments

We are trying to update our LabView software, but it keeps saying it is password protected. Any suggetions?

Team 4298

Hello Shannon, I'm sorry that you're experiencing trouble with the LabView software. It was formerly encrypted but should no longer be. Could you try to re-downlaod the files and attempt to run them again? If you encounter any further issues, feel free to contact us directly at frcteams@usfirst.org or 800-871-8326, ext. 0. We'd be happy to help you directly with this! Cheers, Rose.

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but is it alright for the battery to rest on the head of bolts. It would still be held securely in place, but it is on the heads of a few bolts. Also, does the battery have to be held vertically or can it be laid down horizontally? Thank you.

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