Team 116 Operator Interface Adapter Board
FIRST Robotics - Team 116 - Herndon High School
Designed May 2005 by Eric L. Carlson (Mentor), Team 116
These adapter boards make FIRST Robotics Operator Interface prototyping and wiring quick and simple.
The Operator Interface (OI) Adapter Boards connect to joystick ports on the FIRST Robotics OI, and allows for very quick and simple tool-less connection of switches, potentiometers (knobs, levers, etc.), and LED indicator lights. You can connect up to 4 adapter boards to the OI (one for each joystick port).
You can also connect a joystick to the adapter board, and selectively disable portions of the joystick so those inputs can be used by your added switches and potentiometers.
The adapter board also has momentary push-button switches for the 4 main switch inputs, for quick and easy testing. [The pictured LED's on the 4 main switch inputs had to be removed, because they caused loading problems on the analog voltage reference. LEDs can be connected to the LED ports as usual.]
You should also be familiar with the "2005 Reference Guide" document on the IFI Robotics web site's OI page.
Diagrams and Photos:
Two boards connected to OI and sample control panel:
2007 & 2008 circuit boards:
Front of board (matches diagram below):
Board layout diagram:
Back cover with supports. Built out of polycarb scraps, using epoxy designed for plastics:
Copyright 2005, 2006 by Eric L. Carlson.