Recent Updates

  • Updated on: Jul 08, 2016

    Actuator Overview

  • Updated on: Jul 08, 2016

    What is WPILib

  • Updated on: Jul 08, 2016

    Power Distribution Panel

  • Updated on: Jul 08, 2016

    FRC Driver Station Powered by NI LabVIEW

  • ScreenStepsLive is a new tool that FRC/WPI are using to create and present documentation. This document is a brief introduction to the ScreenStepsLive site and the documentation contained here.

  • Updated on: May 18, 2016

    Programming Radios for FMS Offseason

    When using the FMS Offseason software, the typical networking setup is to use a single access point with a single SSID and WPA key. This means that the radios should all be programmed to connect to this network, but with different IPs for each team. The Team version of the FRC Bridge Configuration Utility has an FMS-Lite mode that can be used to do this configuration.

    Before you begin using the software:

    1. Disable WiFi connections on your computer, as it may prevent the configuration utility from properly communicating with the bridge
    2. Make sure no devices are connected to your computer via ethernet, other than the wireless bridge.

    The steps below describe installing and using the FRC Bridge Configuration Utility to program radios for this network configuration. If you have a machine where you have already used this tool to program a radio for FRC 2016, skip to "Launch the Software".

  • Updated on: Feb 22, 2016

    Adding custom components

    RobotBuilder works very well for creating robot programs that just use WPILib for motors, controllers, and sensors. But for teams that use custom classes, RobotBuilder doesn't have any support for those classes, so a few steps need to be taken to use them in RobotBuilder.

    Manual RobotBuilder
  • Often it is desirable to get feedback from the robot back to the drivers. The communications protocol between the robot and the driver station includes provisions for sending program specific data. The program at the driver station that receives the data is called the dashboard.

  • Updated on: Feb 01, 2016

    Target Info and Retroreflection

    This document describes the Vision Targets from the 2016 FRC game  and the visual properties of the material making up the targets. Note that for official dimensions and drawings of all field components, please see the Official Field Drawings

  • Updated on: Jan 24, 2016

    PID Tuning with SmartDashboard

    The PID (Proportional, Integral, Differential) is an algorithm for determining the motor speed based on sensor feedback to reach a setpoint as quickly as possible. For example, a robot with an elevator that moves to a predetermined position should move there as fast as possible then stop without excessive overshoot leading to oscillation. Getting the PID controller to behave this way is called "tuning". The idea is  to compute an error value that is the difference between the current value of the mechanism feedback element and the desired (setpoint) value. In the case of the arm, there might be a potentiometer connected to an analog channel that provides a voltage that is proportional to the position of the arm. The desired value is the voltage that is predetermined for the position the arm should move to, and the current value is the voltage for the actual position of the arm.