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Min7 Micromouse Robot Solves Maze Under 4 Seconds, Real Mice out of a Job

by Conner Flynn

Are you geek enough to realize that there is actually an annual Micromouse Robot Competition? It’s where a bunch of small robots face off against each other not in the ring, but in a labyrinth. The goal is to solve the maze as quickly as possible.


That means that they need to be fast and turn quickly. And I mean fast. Check out the videos to see these little guys just zip around these mazes like The Flash after a visit to Starbucks. The current king of the competition is Ng Bent Kiat, with his mouse robot called the Min7.

The Min7 is the first 4-wheeled robot Ng has created, which I suppose says a lot about his skill. It weighs 90 grams and measures just 10 x 7.5 x 2.5cm, with a straight line speed of 3.5m/s. It’s brain is a 20MHz Hitachi 2633R processor. Initially, the robot first enters the maze and do some recon, slowly mapping it out.

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Then comes the timed run where they navigate the maze as quickly as possible:

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Boy, these things sure can move!

[via Geek]




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