This year marked the 35th All Japan Micromouse contest and my sixth visit to Japan. My hopes were high following some small success at earlier events this year but, in Japan, the competition is stiff. Continue reading →
In the final stages of preparation for the All Japan Micromouse contest here. Leaving at half past too early tomorrow, I should be there for Thursday morning. For those of you who want to stay up late – or early – you can watch the event live on Ustream and NicoNico. Details of the event and timings at the New Technology Foundation
On little more than a promise, robot builders gathered once more at Birmingham City University for the autumn contest known as Robofest. It was good to see some new faces and significant progress from a number of more established builders. Continue reading →
It seems that Derek Hall has been trawling through his old micromouse video and come up with some fascinating footage from1989 and 1990. The videos include some very rare footage of classic mice including MITEE III, MITEE VI, Supermouse, Enterprise and Thezeus.
If you know anything about any of these mice – particularly the names of unidentified mice and the identities of the builder, please leave a comment.
Keep your diary open for November 15th 2014. The date has now been provisionally set for the annual BCU Robofest event held at Millenium Point, Birmingham by Birmingham City University. There will be a number of competitions that test the skills of designers and the performance of their robots. The event is open to all ages and all skill levels – spectators are welcome.
It is hard to believe that I have just visited Taiwan for the fifth time. After a couple of fairly unimpressive performances at the last couple of Taiwan micromouse contests, I was determined to do better and there have been a lot of improvements to Decimus4B. find out more
Exploration is a critical task for a micromouse. The maze must be explored quickly, thoroughly and without error. Any mistakes made during exploration are likely to completely ruin your chances in any of the contests where there are search time or mouse handling penalties. In the Japan event, you don’t get very long in the first place so wasting time by restarting the exploration is not good. Find out more