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.
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
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