Minos 2017

Minos 2017 will this year be held at Birmingham City University City Centre Campus, Millennium Point, Birmingham on Saturday 22 April 2017 with informal competitions on Sunday 23 April. 

As usual, this is a great opportunity to find out what is going on in the world of micromouse and small robotics as well as share ideas with other builders.

This year’s sessions include:

  • A roundup of news from the various international Micromouse contests
  • Mouse data collection and calibration
  • a BBC Micro:bit mouse
  • Mouse building developments and updates on internationally competitive mice
  • Mouse emulation
  • 3d Printing hints and tips
  • Building a line follower timing gate
  • Other robotic competitions
  • Time of flight range sensors
  • Making line follower courses
  • Analysis of using a gyro

It is not too late to make arrangements and the event is open to all comers.

There is currently no charge for the venue although parking at Millennium Point will be around £5 per day.

Exact details of catering available on site are not completely clear but there should be hot drinks and snack available. We can always send out a hunting party during the day as the venue is only ten minutes walk from ‘proper’ shops.

The start time on Saturday and finish time on Sunday depend on the number of contributions we get, so we will finalise that nearer the date. We hope to start at about 10:30 on Saturday and finish sometime after lunch on Sunday.

The Minos event takes place at the Birmingham City University Campus at Millennium Point:



You may use the comments section below or the site contact form to seek further information or offer to present a slot.

Connector choice for the micromouse

Finding the correct small connector for the micromouse – or any small robot – can be  challenge. For a variety of reasons, I favour pin-headers on the cable and vertical sockets on the mouse. In the past, these have been 0.1″ (2.54mm) pitch but a much better choice is 0.05″ (1.27mm). these can be hard to find just because there are so many many different connectors in the catalogues.  Continue reading

2016 All Japan Micromouse Contest – full entry details

When entering for the All Japan Micromouse contest, you have to enter a whole bunch of details about your mouse – number of wheels, types of motor, motor driver, sensor devices, gyro, CAD software. It goes on and on. I always wondered what happened to that information. This year it has been published along with all the run times and other mouse details. Tricky if Japanese is not your first language but I am sure you will figure it all out:


Robofest 2016 results

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the 2016 Birmingham City University Robofest held on November 12th. It looks like plenty of others could though. David Hannaford has kindly sent me the results.

The Maze

the maze for the final contest was 11×11 and had a single practical path to the goal with a length of about 9.3m.


Line follower.
Junior and senior class results

Posn Mouse name Best time Class Mouse Owner
1 Bzal 12.24 Senior Stephen Pitthouse
2 Wham — 15.15 Senior Bernard Grabowski
3 Advent 15.56 Junior Miko
4 Wham 15.90 Senior Bernard Grabowski
5 Tobor 17.56 Junior Lasen Wanni Arachchige
6 Wham + 18.57 Senior Duncan Loutitt
7 Asymouse 28.91 Senior Ian Buttorworth
8 Kestastic 29.22 Senior David Hannaford
The entries below competed in the heats only on a shorter course
Nanobot V2 15.20 Junior Liam Soutter
Cyber Monotony 26.92 Junior Daniel Paulo

Drag Race – knock out competition.
Junior and senior class results

Posn Mouse name Best time Class Mouse Owner
1 Wham — 5.32 Senior Bernard Grabowski
2 Nanobot V2 11.35 Junior Liam Soutter
3 Tobor 5.83 Junior Lasen Wanni Arachchige
4 Kestastic 13.77 Senior David Hannaford
The entries below did not manage to complete the course
Bzal Stephen Pitthouse
Advent Miko

Non-contact wall follower.
Junior and senior class results

Posn Mouse name Run time Touches Score Class Mouse Owner
1 Leo 32.73 0 32.73 Senior Bernard Grabowski
2 Wham + 41.15 0 41.15 Senior Duncan Loutitt
3 E-Rat-Ic 44.77 0 44.77 Senior David Hannaford
4 Quad-Rat-ic 55.67 2 61.67 Senior David Hannaford
5 Freda 66.14 0 66.14 Senior Ian Butterworth
6 Tobor 50.48 11 83.48 Junior Lasen Wanni Arachchige
7 Kitty 88.55 1 91.55 Senior Martin Barrett
8 Kaasjager 102.96 0 102.96 Senior Coen Roos

Maze solver.
Seniors only competing

Posn Mouse name Run time Touches Score Fastest run First run Class Mouse Owner
1 Fat Cat 3C 7.96 1 16.82 7.45 28.68 Senior Tim Foden
2 Mouse X 10.15 1 17.46 10.15 36.17 Senior Derek Hall
3 Mouse X2 10.5 1 19.13 10.45 48.67 Senior Derek Hall
4 FAB1 8.93 1 19.44 8.93 36.68 Senior Derek Hall
5 Isambard II 23.6 0 26.89 23.6 56.35 Senior Martin Barrett
6 PIC one Turbo 18.9 1 29.89 18.9 44.12 Senior Jim Chidley
7 PIC One 27.64 0 30.93 27.64 54.98 Senior Jim Chidley
8 Freda 34.39 0 40.5 34.39 65.85 Senior Ian Butterworth
9 Kaasjager 37.91 1 51.09 37.91 94.26 Senior Coen Roos