Sunday, June 29, 2008

Micromouse 2008 - update 2

Some good entries yesterday. 

The schools from Singapore performed very well. Apparently the Singapore schools have a standard chassis and base software which has some sort of graphic front end. This means it becomes possible for the kids to compete in the maze solver competition. The individual mice performed significantly differently - not just going different routes with significantly times but also having mechanical modifications where, for instance, some were much quieter than others.

Quite a few people had problems running around the maze - even the winner Derek Hall had problems with some of the speed runs.

The guys from Iran ran well as well - I believe it was a B.Sc project, which is very impressive given the short time to develop a mouse from scratch (mechanics, electronics and software) and the fact you are usually busy with other course work.

All in all a very good day.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Micromouse 2008 - update 1

There seems be a problem with the infra-red starting gate and some of the mice from Singapore. Tony has suggesting that these mice can run in the heats at the end with manual timing.

There have been two over-the-wall type mice. The first had a wireless diagnostic link back a PC. The second appeared to have problems with the walls and didn't complete.

There was a couple of young guys that had flew over from India over night and came straight to the competition. Sadly their mouse had a damaged motor due to the flight.

First mouse in maze solver heats

Micromouse 2008

Alan & I are attending the Uk competition at the TIC in Millennium Point Birmingham.

We got to design the maze for the maze solver heats.

First heats are running at the moment.

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