Birmingham City University Techfest 2014

All is set for the fourth annual Techfest at Birmingham City University. On Saturday 28 June 2014, the University will be host to a celebration of technology, engineering and science. As with previous events there will be a variety of activities during the day which is expected to include robotics contests for mini-sumo,…

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The gyro knows best – an experiment with a complementary filter

Gyros drift. Everyone knows that and there are lots of ways to counter the drift. The autonomous flying vehicle folk will tell you that Kalman filters are the way to go – if you have time for all that maths. A complementary filter is simpler but will it help with steering a micromouse? (more…)

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Claude Shannon made a micromouse first

The micromouse contest has been around for some time now. You may be surprised at just how long there have been autonomous solvers of the problem. The modern contests began in the late 1970s and have run pretty much non-stop since. Possibly the earliest example though dates back to 1950. (more…)

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Diagonal paths for a micromouse using a state machine

To get the shortest possible run times, a micromouse must be able to make full use of diagonal paths. By running a diagonal, slow, tricky turns are avoided and the distance is much less. No competitive micromouse can ignore diagonals. Diagonal Paths From the point of view of a human…

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Smooth pathfinding with a state machine

A competitive micromouse must run a path made up of smooth turns rather than stopping for in-place turns. For novice builders of micromouse, this can seem a difficult task. Here is a method for creating a smooth path using data from flooding the maze. The method described here for generating…

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Minos 2014 report

On April 26th 2014, Birmingham City University was host to the 14th annual Minos event. The change of venue brought a number of advantages but otherwise, the weekend followed the usual format of talks and lectures on the Saturday and contest on the Sunday. The Saturday brought a good mix of…

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APEC 2014

In a first for me, the APEC 2014 micromouse contest returned to a previous venue. This year we were back at the Fort Worth Convention Centre, Fort Worth, Texas. Since my last visit, I discovered a number of interesting things to do in the area and was looking forward to…

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Minos 2014

Minos 2014 will soon be upon us. This year, we have a change of venue. Minos will be run with the support of Birmingham City University at Millennium Point in Birmingham on April 26th and April 27th. Only the place has changed. Minos is still the event for catching up…

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