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Browsing Gallery: Micromouse 2008

Photos from the Micromouse 2008 event at Millenium Point in Birmingham. This included many robots events - maze solving, drag racing, minisumo and walking robots. Discussion of these start at http://orionrobots.co.uk/blogs/1/185. OrionRobots apologises if any contender or robot names are wrong - let us know ASAP and it will be fixed.
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Danny Staple and Prof. Martin Smith
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From left to right: Danny Staple, Prof. Martin Smith, Chloe Hall, Shannon Hall. The Iranian team are in the background.
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Danny Staple having a chat with Prof. Martin Smith.
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Danny Staple of OrionRobots and Prof. Martin Smith pitching in during the tidy up at the end of the show.
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The robot in the centre is RedEye - a non-contact wall follower inherited and maintained by Chloe Hall. The robot mid left is Snoopy - a robot built by Chloe with a design slightly pilfered from her older sister, and exhibiting a gearbox problem. The three identical looking robots above were kit robots brought by the Singapore teams. The controllers and coding were different, but the chassis were all identical.
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This is Shannon Halls entry, Cheese Detective, in the Junior Wall follower event. It is very much a salvaged Junkbot. We like that!
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These identical looking maze solver robots are more of the Singapore entries. They are based on the MIGS/MKITC systems. They have quite respectable performance, but this was hampered by a major issue with the starting gate.
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Close up of GhoSTLy (the name Gerald is the owner, not the bot). This is one of the kit based robots from the Singapore teams.
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Close ups of a wall follower, and a line follower of rather interesting design. I did not get the names of these robots. If you know them, please post a comment to the blog.
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Shannon and Chloe Hall holding their robots Cheese Detective and Snoopy, both entries to the Junior Wall Follower event. Micromouse needs more non school Junior Wall follower entries - get building if you can!
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Chloe and Shannon Hall clutching their well earned winnings. There is a brainibot in the bags, and a development kit in the box.
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Nervous students from Singapore wait for the signal to start. The starting gate that is normally armed by the control panel Tony Wilcox is operating has to be disabled for these bots to perform correctly.
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Meet Ben Howes. Here he is holding Healy, a robot he started building in May 2007 to contend with exam stress. After a recent retrofit Healy did not do as well as Ben would have liked, but we hope to see him next time. the robot is based on modified RC servo's and a PICaxe. It is capable of maze solving, but had a control issue.
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This walking bot from the "walking with robots" group was so good it actually walked off while we were chatting! The owner recovered it at the ThinkTank reception desk, but the fact it had got so far is a testament to how well it manages to stay on its feet and avoid obstacles.
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The robots on parade. This was an opportunity to get shots of many bots, each of which is accompanied by the name card.
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Many robots are together in the maze for a final photo session. The ones in the foreground are the contact followers, with long appendages used to feel the wall. To the far left are a couple of over the wall followers, Robotoy from the Iranian team, and also Megarat from Craig Shelley. Dominating the far background are the kit robots from Singapore.
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In the middle is Robotoy - from the Toyserkan Institute of Iran. An over the wall sensor type maze solver robot. At the bottom is Dee, a drag race bot, top left is Mouse X2 (the wheel colours are the way to tell), Lightning and PICone. We are not sure what the small bot under the right of robotoy is.
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This robot, named "Dee", by Ken Hewitt is hardly a robot at all. in fact, the cheeky scamp is just a frame, battery and motor. There are a set of resistors with a jump cable to set the speed. When the frame hits a corner, it will knock itself around to take the next straight on the drag race. It was the fastest thing in the drag race and it appears there were no rules against it. The edges of the maze needed reinforcing to keep it in.
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Two of the Woodlands Ring Secondary School students, Lau Wen Hau and Jervis Png showing off entries to the non contact maze solving events.
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Students and teachers from the Woodlands Ring Secondary School from Singapore.
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Shannon and Chloe Hall with their prize winning robots, Cheese Detective and Snoopy.
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The robots on parade (higher resolution). This was an opportunity to get shots of many bots, each of which is accompanied by the name card.
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A large front view of the RoboRealm rover. Later it was fully assembled and followed a ball. We did not get the camera out in time to get footage. The top of the STB case can be seen in the left with a cooling fan.
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This cool work in progress rover was built the night before. That is a set top box on the top holding a laptop, with a USB hub. It was built to demo the RoboRealm GUI based system. There will be more on this in the Blog.
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