Author Archives: Peter Harrison
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Here are the results summaries for the maze-based contests at Techfest 2014, held on June 28th at Millennium Point by Birmingham City University.
The 2014 UK micromouse contest took place on Saturday 28th June at Birmingham City University as part of their Techfest event. Last year the results were dominated by a small number of Chinese mice. With eight Chinese entries this year, … Continue reading
My micromouse generates a lot of data. I log speeds, sensor readings, motor controller parameters. All sorts of things. Often that data just makes me worry. Most recently, I was noticing that there were some large variances at speed.
All is set for the fourth annual Techfest at Birmingham City University. On Saturday 28 June 2014, the University will be host to a celebration of technology, engineering and science. As with previous events there will be a variety of … Continue reading
Gyros drift. Everyone knows that and there are lots of ways to counter the drift. The autonomous flying vehicle folk will tell you that Kalman filters are the way to go – if you have time for all that maths. A … Continue reading
The micromouse contest has been around for some time now. You may be surprised at just how long there have been autonomous solvers of the problem. The modern contests began in the late 1970s and have run pretty much non-stop … Continue reading
To get the shortest possible run times, a micromouse must be able to make full use of diagonal paths. By running a diagonal, slow, tricky turns are avoided and the distance is much less. No competitive micromouse can ignore diagonals.