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.
If you search for micromouse in Spain, you are likely only to end up at a software company site. However, Miguel Sánchez de León Peque recently sent me details of a new micromouse made by him and Clara Casas Castedo and it looks great. find out more
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:
- 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.
It has been a couple of weeks since returning from Taiwan. I would have written about it sooner but things did not go quite to plan robot-wise and I wanted to find out exactly what happened. Continue reading
Duncan Louttit has published full details of a new Line follower timing system for use in the UK contests and events. This is a straightforward build that anyone could replicate. His article includes schematics, descriptions and source code. Read all about it at http://www.swallow.co.uk/umouse/timer/line_follower_timer.htm
If your micromouse acceleration is very high, the front end will want to lift due to reaction torque. Two wheel mice lose traction as the back end presses down on the floor. Four wheel mice should perform better. But what if you accelerate really hard? Continue reading
In the past, we have run a November Robotics event at Birmingham City University. It seems that will no longer be possible but there is still a desire to have a late autumn event. The event will have micromouse as its centrepiece but is likely to include line-follower, wall-follower and drag race events as well as any others that you want to run.
This year, it will be held in the Hazlemere Community Centre on November 4th. Full details later. Meantime, the new event needs a name. Some suggestions have been made – not all of them, I presume, serious.
Here is your chance to make your mark. Make a suggestion of your own or vote for one of those already made. the judges decision will be final. If we can find some judges.
Remember: Vote Early, Vote Often.
POLL NOW CLOSED
- UK Micromouse - Autumn 2xxx 53%, 8 votes8 votes 53%8 votes - 53% of all votes
- NovoBot 33%, 5 votes5 votes 33%5 votes - 33% of all votes
- The Autumn-o-mouse Robot Trial* 13%, 2 votes2 votes 13%2 votes - 13% of all votes
You may vote for up to three choices and/or add your own.
You can also come back and change your mind later when a more cool suggestion is made so check back.
And no, Robot McBotFace will not be chosen. For anything.