Minos 2015 will soon be upon us. Minos will again be run with the support of Birmingham City University at Millennium Point in Birmingham on April 18th and April 19th. Minos is still the event for catching up with goings on in the world of micromouse and small robots. Get the details
Huge excitement here. Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill are publishing a third edition of their classic book “The Art of Electronics”. Possibly the best electronics text book in the world, my copy of the second edition is one of my most valuable textbooks on any subject. It has something to learn about every aspect of electronics theory and practice. The only problem is that it was published in 1989. Here is what the publishers have to say:
At long last, here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful Art of Electronics. It is widely accepted as the best single authoritative book on electronic circuit design. In addition to new or enhanced coverage of many topics, the Third Edition includes: 90 oscilloscope screenshots illustrating the behavior of working circuits; dozens of graphs giving highly useful measured data of the sort that’s often buried or omitted in datasheets but which you need when designing circuits; 80 tables (listing some 1650 active components), enabling intelligent choice of circuit components by listing essential characteristics (both specified and measured) of available parts. The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the earlier editions so successful and popular. It is an indispensable reference and the gold standard for anyone, student or researcher, professional or amateur, who works with electronic circuits.
This will be available from the end of April 2015 – just in time for my birthday. I have already ordered my copy. Visit Amazon now to score a 23% discount on a pre-order:
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.