The first "official" FIRST Tech Challenge game hint was posted this week on the FTC blog, and while the blog was filled with useful information about the utilization of last year's Res-Q beacons again in the 2016-17 game, were there also smaller hints hidden throughout the blog? We decided to comb through the blog and see which of the lines might indicate a hint to next year's game! Have your own thoughts and ideas about the game hint? Comment and add your thoughts to the conversation!
Four beacons on each field. The most obvious hint in the blog - there will be more than just two beacons this year. This begs the question of what the beacons will be used for. Last year, each side had a beacon and while the opposing alliance could trigger the beacon on the other side, it was rare to see a team attempt this. Perhaps this year there will be a beacon on all four walls, or maybe there will be beacons integrated as part of the infield game.
This year the beacons will "function differently." Teams should still bust out their color sensors, but does this mean FTC may be branching out to other colors besides blue and red? Or is this a suggestion of the physical location of the beacons?
Old and new style may be used. While new beacons are available for purchase from AndyMark, it is possible to modify to update the existing beacon to work for this year's game. While it sounds like these updates will be majorly software related, a new housing is mentioned.
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