Finding the correct small connector for the micromouse – or any small robot – can be challenge. For a variety of reasons, I favour pin-headers on the cable and vertical sockets on the mouse. In the past, these have been 0.1″ (2.54mm) pitch but a much better choice is 0.05″ (1.27mm). these can be hard to find just because there are so many many different connectors in the catalogues. Continue reading →
The most recent version of the Decimus 4 chassis runs reasonably well and, with the test release of the Decimus 5 Software it is more clever (I hope) than ever. However, it still can’t corner as well as I had hoped. Find out why
When entering for the All Japan Micromouse contest, you have to enter a whole bunch of details about your mouse – number of wheels, types of motor, motor driver, sensor devices, gyro, CAD software. It goes on and on. I always wondered what happened to that information. This year it has been published along with all the run times and other mouse details. Tricky if Japanese is not your first language but I am sure you will figure it all out:
At the end of another All Japan Micromouse contest, there is plenty to look back on and lots of ideas for the future. The tide is definitely changing for the classic micromouse contest and probably also for the half-size. Fans of all kinds are everywhere. Continue reading →
The Robot triathlon is back for 2017 and this year we informing you early so that you can begin building your robots!
We are planning on hosting the Robot Triathlon 2017 on the on the 11 March 2017 at the Silk Mill in derby (STILL TO BE CONFIRMED)! We are however, working hard to confirm these details and will inform you before the end of November 2016.
We will be using the same rules as last year so please find the attached PDF. This also includes pictures of the competition surfaces to ensure you are fully aware of what to expect on the day.
The event is now live for registrations via the IET website, so please start registering if you would like to participate next year. Link below:
We understand that you may want to wait for a confirmed date and venue before sending us the participant pack so we have set the return date for this in January and we will confirm the final details in the coming weeks.
Birmingham City University are set to run their seventh annual Techfest at the City Centre Campus, Millennium Point, Birmingham. On Saturday 24 June 2017, 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.
You can get full details and register for the contests (it is free) at the Birmingham City University Techfest site:
This year’s Robofest event at Birmingham City University’s Millennium Point site will take place on Saturday November 12th. This annual robotics festival features contests for all ages and abilities and is open to all. Robofest will take place in the Curzon building. registration will open at about 9:00am with events starting at 10:30am.