Minos 2018

By | January 31, 2018

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
Birmingham Rd,
Coventry,
United Kingdom,
CV5 9BA

Phone: +44 (0)2476 403835   Fax: +44 (0)2476 403081

To register an interest please email minos@swallow.co.uk

MMkit micromouse PORTED sample code

By | January 23, 2018

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

UKMATTS 2017 Report

By | November 14, 2017

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.

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UK Micromouse – Autumn 2017

By | October 16, 2017

The Autumn event this year will be held at the Hazlemere Community centre. Doors open for competitors at 09:30 and all are welcome. If you can get there to help set up at 09:00, that would be great.

Lunch will be around 1pm and we expect to be done by around 4pm with just the clearing away to worry about. There will also be an opportunity to discuss Minos and next year’s summer contest.

Solver heats and practice will take place during the day

The proposed running order is:

  • Ratification
  • Line Follower Contests
  • Drag Racing
  • Wall Following
  • Micromouse Maze Solvers

The venue is here:

Bring your robot or just come to watch. Either way, it will be a great day.