Mighty MicroMouse – IOTW Report

Mighty MicroMouse


The Micromouse Competitions is a game in which self-contained robots, made by participants, autonomously explore a maze (by themselves) and compete for the shortest time to reach the goal.

This contest started with the advice of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in 1977 and was held annually as “All Japan Micromouse Contest” since 1980. As the first “Robocon” in Japan, the contest is the most historical robot competition in the world.

Currently it is a de facto world tournament, since many other high-tech robots come from other Asian countries, Europe, and the United States. More

These small robots are able to achieve unbelievable feats of speed and agility after more than 50 years of engineering students and professors improving their designs. Watch

9 Comments on Mighty MicroMouse

  1. My boys were on the local FIRST Robotics team, The Riot Crew Team 58 for about 5 yrs. I volunteered with them for about ten.
    These programs are great. They also bring together a lot of kids from many backgrounds. Athletes, A students, mechanically inclined kids, etc.

  2. I invented robotics.
    Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto …

  3. “I hate meeses to pieces” ~ Jinx the Cat

  4. 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

    2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

    – Isaac Asimov

  5. We use to do all the prototype parts for a company that developed small “Thowable” robots for law enforcement and the military. You could shoot these things out of a cannon and they’d figure out where they were, turn on the cameras and start surveilling. Their main think tank was a freaken mobile home parked out behind their building with a bunch of chalk boards and dirty couches. Nerd Central. Great work if you like machining titanium. Which I do. Some big outfit gobbled them up. The smart guys that use to hang out in the trailer are unemployed and the product is stalled. It’s the American way.

  6. Love Veritasium. Been watching for many years. Good stuff!

  7. There’s a video of a real mouse who just climbed right over the top and went straight to the end.


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