Technology improvements over the last several years have resulted in all kinds of options for digital communication. The new robotics platform uses the Bluetooth communication protocol for driver control.
Again - why?
Bluetooth provides several advantages to teams like running multiple robots with less chance of frequency interference and the ability to have two way communication between operator and robot.
This opens up a range of options for robotic design and sensor use. Two way communication is essential to developers of robots used in a variety of real world applications - FTC teams now have the same advantages.
You'll notice from the short video the robot is driven with a game controller. The game controller interfaces via a dongle to the robot. This form factor gives drivers the ability to tightly control the robot - similar to how you'd play a video game.
You'll get a chance to see this in action at the World Championships in April.
More information will follow - let us know what you think.