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So it sounds to me like the answer is to both:

1. Learn to and practice calibrating the light sensors before matches

2. Test/practice under a variety of lighting conditions



On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM, B Bergenstock <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

>  I would GUESS the reason is that the different tournaments have different
> light set ups.  If a tournament isn't *required*  to have a certain set
> up, they may not use and  then you wouldn't have the same results at home
> anyway, so why give instructions and give ppl a false sense of light
> certainty.
>        The tournament for our area is in a school gym and has ceiling
> lights 25 or so feet up. It is a well lite room, but not the same as my
> garage. The different set up did not negatively affect our light sensor,
> but there should be time to calibrate the robot before the matches- which
> the kids should do themselves- if you find during the practice round or
> work table that it is badly affecting your sensor.
> Try looking on line for self calibrating light sensor programs?
> Regards,
> Brandy
>
> On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM, Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> That seems odd that they don't have the light included in the table
>> building instructions anymore.  We have a light over our table, but we
>> practice at my house, at different times of day, so I don't feel like the
>> overhead ceiling light would be enough to provide consistent light.  The
>> table light makes it so that the lighting is consistent all the time,
>> whether it's day or night.  I also feel like even if a tournament didn't
>> have lights over the table, it's still going to be daytime and probably in
>> a room like a gym or auditorium with bright fluorescent lights.  If you
>> practice in a school classroom with bright lights in the daytime, it may
>> not be as much of an issue.
>>
>> Our light was simple to build.  My husband built our table and built the
>> part over the top that holds a long fluorescent light, and that was what
>> the instructions said to do at that time.  That was almost five years ago
>> though, so maybe they don't think it's as important anymore?
>>
>> Sonya Shaver
>> Nanobots Coach
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