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Official Q&A: VRC 2018-2019: Turning Point Usage Guidelines

Legal non-functioning decoration? V5 USB extention left mounted during matches

9 months ago

Would a short USB cord left plugged into the V5 programming port be legal during an event? The intent is to save wear and tear on the programming mini USB port in the V5 brain. Example:

<R7> Robots are allowed the following additional “non-VEX” components:

h. A USB extension cable may be used for the sole purpose of remote mounting of a VEXnet Key 2.0 to a VEX ARM® Cortex®-based Microcontroller.

<R8> Teams may add non-functional decorations, provided that they do not affect the robot performance in any significant way or affect the outcome of the match. These decorations must be in the spirit of the competition. Inspectors will have final say in what is considered “nonfunctional”.

Answered by Game Design Committee

Yes, this would be legal, provided that the conditions of R8 and R16 are met. If there is any concern as to whether such a device is functional or not, Teams should be prepared to demonstrate to inspectors and/or referees that such a decoration is non-functional, such as by playing a Match with the device removed.