For years Michael Backus taught students to build and program LEGO robots at the Alaska Summer Research Academy. He eventually began taking students on field trips to look at Steven Kibler’s micromouse. As a computer engineering student, Steven explained that in order to build and program a micromouse students need to take several engineering and computer science classes. Naturally, Michael went home and began work on a LEGO robot capable of solving a maze. Unfortunately, it could not fit in a micromouse maze and was needlessly expensive. Continue reading →
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The New Technology Foundation organises the All Japan Micromouse Tournament. They have now published the results and prizewinners list for the 34th event held at the Nagareyama Continuing Education Center Venue in 2013.
The 2013 All Japan Micromouse Contest saw what I believe was a world first. That is – a micromouse used a camera to look at the entire maze, map all the walls and then perform a speed run straight to the centre. Find out More
The 34th All Japan Micromouse Contest was held at Nagareyama City Lifelong Learning Centre on November 23rd and 24th 2013. This was my fifth visit to this event – arguably the World Championships for the micromouse contest. Continue reading →
In about 48 hours, I will be on a plane heading once more for Japan to take part in the 2013 All Japan micromouse contest. Pretty well all my micromouse preparation is done. At the contest in Birmingham on Saturday, Decimus ran as well as I could hope and better than I could expect. A few hours work on tweaking some minor issues and it should be good to go.
This year, the contest is held at a new venue to the North East of Tokyo and the contest organisers have done a splendid job of getting things together. You can find a copy of the contest booklet here:
They have thoughtfully provided instruction in english as well as Japanese so things should involve a little less guesswork this year. Thank you to whoever was responsible for this.
If you browse to the back of the brochure you will see the list of entrants. Make no mistake, the All Japan contest is a big event. The expert class qualifiers alone have 68 entries. There are 126 line followers.
Qualifiers take place on Saturday and the finals are on Sunday. By this time next week, I will be on my way back. Small world.
I am quite excited. As soon as the gas repair guy has my central heating working again, I will begin final preparations. He had best get it done. I will have a hard time explaining to my endlessly patient wife why I am flying away from a house with no heating.
Birmingham City University hosted BCU RoboFest – the November robotics event in Birmingham for micromouse and other autonomous robots – on Saturday November 16th as a part of its open day. The day was a great success. As well as running our micromouse contests, we played host to several groups of prospective student – all keen to find out as much as possible about their choice of university. Continue reading →
Birmingham City University hosts BCU RoboFest – the November robotics event in Birmingham for micromouse and other autonomous robots. It has 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.
We aim to start at 10am
This year, the event will be held on November 16th at Millenium Point, Birmingham, B4 7XG.