Minos 2018 was held over the weekend of April 7/8 at the Quality Hotel, Coventry. New venue, several new faces but the expected collection of great presentations and activities for micromouse and small robot builders. Continue reading
The maze file archive mentioned in my earlier post has been updated and the maze files moved to their own repository on github. The new set is better organised and contains many new mazes, including those from the New Technology Foundation archive.
If you have built a micromouse and wondered how useful a suction fan would be, the answer is simple. You cannot go fast enough to be competitive at the top level without one, the benefit is not just about cornering either. Continue reading
The 2018 MINOS conference will take place on 7th and 8th April in Coventry. This is the U.K. conference for all things Micromouse. There will be presentations and demonstrations on subjects of interest, an informal dinner in the evening and a competition on the Sunday. Delegates are welcome from overseas as well as the U.K. If you have something interesting to share but are unable to attend please contact us to either present your paper for you, or for you to present via Skype. Hotel accommodation is available at a discounted rate of £65 for bed and breakfast. There is on-site parking.
The conference venue is 10 minutes’ drive from Birmingham Airport and is well served by public transport.
Further details will be available in due course.
You can find out more about the venue on the hotel website.
The address is:
Quality Hotel Coventry
Phone: +44 (0)2476 403835 Fax: +44 (0)2476 403081
To register an interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the years, I have collected quite a lot of micromouse maze files. These are all for the 16×16 classic contest. Several people have asked for copies of these so I have put the entire collection on github. https://github.com/micromouseonline/micromouse_maze_tool
MMkit is an educational micromouse from Portugal. I first went to the Portuguese micromouse contest in 2016 and had a great time. The organisers, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), and a local company Globaltronic, had a basic stepper micromouse, MMkit. Designed for students, there were several of these running in the maze. I asked if I could have one to try out and made it run in that contest. Last month, I re-wrote my code for it and now that code is available on Github. Continue reading
The All Japan Micromouse Contest, 2017 was held on November 18th and 19th at the Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo. With even more entries that ever before, it was sure to be a busy weekend. Continue reading
The UKMATTS Micromouse competition took place on November 4th at Hazlemere near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.
The event was organised and run by Duncan Louttit. The maze and line following track were kindly lent to us by Birmingham City University. The timing gear was provided by David Hannaford, Ian Butterworth and Duncan Louttit. For the first time in the drag race event, competitors’ reaction times were logged. Another first in the senior competition was “ratification” where the mice were weighed and measured as they were registered by the entrants.