My gut feel from feeling the mat is that traction
will be better. We are hoping with better traction comes more
consistency. We'll see.
I guess the other side is, assuming better
traction, is that a plus to sliders, skid pads, etc.or a negative. The
Crestwood Monarchs will have to do some testing. Don't know about anybody
else but I'm excited and I know the team, once they see the lit, will be
also. I'm probably more excited than I was to see the Harry Potter movie,
and that's saying domething.
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Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 5:55 PM
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] mission kits and
I noticed a difference in the mat as well. On the
positive side, the mat is much less "sticky." If you take a rounded
smooth LEGO piece (such as was on the bottom of last years bone repair
mission) and drag it across the new mat, you'll find it will glide smoothly.
If you do the same test on last year's mat, you'll find that it is much
more difficult to slide. A lot of robots have two drive wheels and
slider(s). My hunch is that these types of robots will benefit from the
slider moving easier across the new style mats. At this point, I'm not
sure how the wheel traction will compare between the old and new style mats.
On the negative side of things, the mat doesn't appear to be as sturdy as
the previous year mats. When you set up the "Contamination risk" mission
models with the Dual Lock; you'll notice that these models lean a bit which
distorts the mat substantially. I'm curious if this distortion of the
mat will get worse over the course of the season?
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