Group Purchase of Faulhaber Motors

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we will not be able to arrange a group purchase after all. Sorry for any inconvenience.

It may be possible to arrange a group purchase of Faulhaber motors. The exact model would be 1717T003SR with IE2-512 encoder. If enough people were interested, the price could come down to about £95 per motor. Pretty good for these motors. If you wanted to join in, send me a message and tell me how many you would want. If numbers are high enough, we will firm up the details. The total order needs to be for at least 20 motors.

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Birmingham City University Techfest 2015

Birmingham City University are set to run their fifth annual Techfest at the City Centre Campus, Millenium Point, Birmingham. On Saturday 27 June 2015, the University will be host to a celebration of technology, engineering and science. Continue reading

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All America Micromouse Contest 2015

IF you are anywhere near UCLA on Sunday, you should check out the 2015 All America Micromouse Contest.  This is their 3rd event and takes place on Sunday May 10th.

All are welcome. You do not have to be a student at UCLA – or anywhere else. Even if you don’t have a robot, just go and watch. You will be impressed.

Full details at

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Minos 2015 Schedule

Just a couple of days to Minos 2015 and I have a provisional timetable for the Saturday:

10:30 Registration and Coffee
10:50 _________________________________
11:00 Welcome and Administrivia
11:10 David Otten
11:20 - Lessons from Jehu
11:30 _________________________________
11:40 Bernard Grabowski
11:50 - Cel Robox 3D printer
12:00 _________________________________
12:10 Peter Harrison
12:20 - Contest Roundup
12:30 _________________________________
12:40 Lunch
13:20 _________________________________
13:30 Duncan Louttit
13:40 - Duncan's EFT
13:50 _________________________________
14:00 Stephen Pithouse
14:10 - Line Follower Data analysis
14:20 Ian Butterworth
14:30 - Starting up In Maze Solving
14:40 _________________________________
14:50 Ken Hewitt
15:00 - This and That
15:10 Peter Harrison
15:20 - Generating Smooth Turns
15:30 _________________________________
15:40 Break
15:50 _________________________________
16:00 Bernard Grobowski/Chris Balmforth
16:10 - 3D printing follow-up
16:20 _________________________________
16:30 Harjit Singh
16:40 - Micromouse Software Design
17:00 _________________________________

Nothing is finalised so any suggestions are welcome. We can decide on evening/Sunday arrangements during Saturday.

For full details of the venue see my previous post.


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Minos 2015

Minos 2015 will soon be upon us. Minos will again be run with the support of Birmingham City University at Millennium Point in Birmingham on April 18th and April 19th. Minos is still the event for catching up with goings on in the world of micromouse and small robots. Get the details

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The Art of Electronics – Third Edition

Huge excitement here. Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill are publishing a third edition of their classic book “The Art of Electronics”. Possibly the best electronics text book in the world, my copy of the second edition is one of my most valuable textbooks on any subject. It has something to learn about every aspect of electronics theory and practice. The only problem is that it was published in 1989. Here is what the publishers have to say:

At long last, here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful Art of Electronics. It is widely accepted as the best single authoritative book on electronic circuit design. In addition to new or enhanced coverage of many topics, the Third Edition includes: 90 oscilloscope screenshots illustrating the behavior of working circuits; dozens of graphs giving highly useful measured data of the sort that’s often buried or omitted in datasheets but which you need when designing circuits; 80 tables (listing some 1650 active components), enabling intelligent choice of circuit components by listing essential characteristics (both specified and measured) of available parts. The new Art of Electronics ​​retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the earlier editions so successful and popular. It is an indispensable reference and the gold standard​​ for anyone, student or researcher, professional or amateur, who works with electronic circuits.

This will be available from the end of April 2015 – just in time for my birthday. I have already ordered my copy. Visit Amazon now to score a 23% discount on a pre-order:

The Art of Electronics

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2014 All Japan Micromouse Results

The New Technology Foundation have published the detailed results of the 35th All Japan Micromouse tournament held at Tokyo Polytechnic Atsugi Campus on November 23rd 2014.

There you will find tables of all the entries with their finish positions and times as well as the details of the mazes and the line follower circuit.

While you are there, reflect on the scale of the operation – there were 316 entries in the various qualifying contest. Busy weekend. Thanks again to those involved in making it all work so well.

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All Japan Micromouse 2014 pictures

I have a Flickr album of images from the 2014 All Japan Micromouse contest here:

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All Japan Micromouse Contest 2014

This year marked the 35th All Japan Micromouse contest and my sixth visit to Japan. My hopes were high following some small success at earlier events this year but, in Japan, the competition is stiff. Continue reading

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2014 Japan Micromouse Live Streaming

In the final stages of preparation for the All Japan Micromouse contest here. Leaving at half past too early tomorrow, I should be there for Thursday morning. For those of you who want to stay up late – or early – you can watch the event live on Ustream and NicoNico. Details of the event and timings at the New Technology Foundation

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