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.
This year’s UK micromouse contest was, once again, a part of Birmingham City University’s Techfest event held in the Curzon Building, Birmingham on June 24th. With a larger than usual number of local entries, it was quite a busy day. Continue reading
The 2017 National Schools and Colleges Micromouse competition took place on Saturday 24th June hosted by Birmingham City University as part of the TechFest event. We were once again provided with excellent facilities in the Curzon building on the BCU City Centre Campus. Find out more
A robot like the micromouse needs to be able to make accurate, repeatable and stable turns. The rotation centre is the point about the robot will turn in place. For a two-wheeled robot, it should be halfway between the two contact patches. If it is not, the turns will leave the robot out of position. Here I will show you how to accurately find the centre of rotation. Continue reading
The Micromouse Portuguese Contest 2017 will take place in Gondomar on 20th of May 2017. Last year’s event, held in Agueda, near Porto, was excellent and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to take part. This year, the venue has moved to Gondomar – also near Porto.
I will be taking part as will Taiwanese entrants Cai Xin-Han, with his mouse Diu-Gow 4, and Chao-Wei Chen, running Edumouse. Diu-Gow 4 is fan assisted and has recently won in Japan and America. It will be an exciting contest. Find out more at http://www.micromouse.utad.pt/