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Electrical and Control System by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Every robot requires a control system. This explains the components that are provided in the FRC kit and possibilities for their utilization. It also includes information on adding sensors and other components that are not provided in the kit.

Electrical Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Michael Dessingue, Steve Shade, Al Skierkiewicz

2005 presentation with tips and good practices for wiring a FIRST robot.

Electrical Design and Technique For Building A Competitive Robot by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by Al Skierkiewicz as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Innovation Hour: Team 25 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Team 25

2007 Presentation by Team 25 on the development of their drivetrain

Motor Selection and Use by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Stafford

Presented as part of the 2009 FIRST Kickoff Workshops, these slides include techniques for improving motor selection and use relative to FRC Robots.

Programming a Holonomic Drive by
Authors: Dan Jones and Ryan O'Meara

A holonomic drive system offers several advantages over a traditional drive system. This article covers programming the algorithms for such a system, as well as touching upon driver oriented control using a gyro.

Sensors - Analog Devices by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Analog Devices provides an accelerometer and a gyro sensor for each team. This presentation explains how these sensors work and explores possible applications.

Sensors: How-to & Why They Matter by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Sensors allow robots to interact with their environment. This presentation describes the variety of different sensors and their uses. Also included is a section on algorithms that allow for optimum use of the sensors.

Software Assisted Control by Ryan O'Meara
Explains the basic applications of software assisted control to robotics, and touches on feedback systems

Team Outline by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Many teams would like help organizing. Team 25, Raider Robotix, provides their team handbook, which outlines team accomplishments, organization and history in the hope that it will help other teams.

The NI Control System for the FRC 2009 Season by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
This article contains videos and links of the new FRC 2009 Control System from National Instruments.

Underwater FIRST? FIRST Teams in the National Underwater Robotic by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
The experience a team goes through in FIRST enables teams to enter other robotics competitions and be very successful. Using Innovation FIRST robot control systems, a team need only acquire a few more components to build an underwater robot to compete in the National Underwater Robotics Challenge. The competition is hosted by FRC team 842, previously featured in Wired Magazine and ABC Nightline and team 1290 in a collaborative effort to get FIRST teams involved in a new “angle” in robotics competitions. FRC team 842 has been one of the top underwater robot teams in the country for 3 years straight, beating teams like MIT. This presentation will show teams how they can use their FIRST training to use FRC and FVC control systems to operate an ROV, or remotely operated vehicle. The basics of ROV design and operation will be covered as well as the parameters of the competition.

Using VEX to Supercharge your FRC Team by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Dan Larochelle, Griffith

Many teams wish that they could test their strategies earlier in the season rather than at the competition. This presentation shows the method used by FRC Team 40 to decide upon a design for their robot. The method used is called mini FRC, which is basically a miniaturized version of FRC created with VEX kits.

Wiring an FRC Robot by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Michael Dessingue, Alan Skierkiewicz

Michael Dessingue and Alan Skierkiewicz, both long time FIRST veterans will discuss electrical strategies, design, wiring and termination techniques for efficient and robust robot electrical systems. Discussion will include layout, mounting techniques, wire choice and termination, component position and use and tooling choices. Included will be discussions on the new terminal blocks, common mistakes and misinformation, and a simple method for determining voltage losses in electrical wiring and how these losses affect the RC and motor operation. A comprehensive list of part numbers for tools and components used in the demonstration will also be provided.