Techfest 2014 Contest results

Here are the results summaries for the maze-based contests at Techfest 2014, held on June 28th at Millennium Point by Birmingham City University.  Continue reading

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UK Micromouse 2014

The 2014 UK micromouse contest took place on Saturday 28th June at Birmingham City University as part of their Techfest event. Last year the results were dominated by a small number of Chinese mice. With eight Chinese entries this year, how would the local entries fare? Continue reading

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Schools Micromouse Competition Report 2014

The 2014 National Schools and Colleges Micromouse competition took place on Saturday 28th June as part of the TechFest event at the Technology Innovation Centre in Birmingham. This was the seventh year that the event has been hosted in Birmingham and the number of competitors registered reached a new high of 27. Continue reading

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Travelling a bumpy road with a micromouse

My micromouse generates a lot of data. I log speeds, sensor readings, motor controller parameters. All sorts of things. Often that data just makes me worry. Most recently, I was noticing that there were some large variances at speed. Find out what they are

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Birmingham City University Techfest 2014

All is set for the fourth annual Techfest at Birmingham City University. On Saturday 28 June 2014, the University will be host to a celebration of technology, engineering and science.

As with previous events there will be a variety of activities during the day which is expected to include robotics contests for mini-sumo, line-followers, wall-followers, drag-racers and, of course, the UK international micromouse contest.

Students will have projects on display and there will be support from professional bodies and commercial sponsors. Rapid Electronics will be displaying the Aldeberan Nao robot which simply has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Ask it to sing you a song.

You can find out more about the Nao robot on Rapid’s dedicated Aldebaran Nao pages

You can get full details and register for the contests (it is free) at the Birmingham City University Techfest site:

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/tee/events/techfest

 

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The gyro knows best – an experiment with a complementary filter

Gyros drift. Everyone knows that and there are lots of ways to counter the drift. The autonomous flying vehicle folk will tell you that Kalman filters are the way to go – if you have time for all that maths. A complementary filter is simpler but will it help with steering a micromouse? Continue reading

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Claude Shannon made a micromouse first

The micromouse contest has been around for some time now. You may be surprised at just how long there have been autonomous solvers of the problem. The modern contests began in the late 1970s and have run pretty much non-stop since. Possibly the earliest example though dates back to 1950. Continue reading

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Diagonal paths for a micromouse using a state machine

To get the shortest possible run times, a micromouse must be able to make full use of diagonal paths. By running a diagonal, slow, tricky turns are avoided and the distance is much less. No competitive micromouse can ignore diagonals. Find out how to generate diagonal paths

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Smooth pathfinding with a state machine

A competitive micromouse must run a path made up of smooth turns rather than stopping for in-place turns. For novice builders of micromouse, this can seem a difficult task. Here is a method for creating a smooth path using data from flooding the maze. Find out how

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State Machines – an Introduction

State machines are very useful tools in any computer system. They make it easy to visualise and solve all kinds of problems. Any small robot is likely to have a use for several state machines. This introduction looks at some basic types of state machine and an easy way to implement them.  Find out how to use them

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