Min7 micromouse robot solves maze in 3921 seconds

first_imgThere are many areas of robotics that leave an impression. The standout ones include robots that walk, those that look and talk like humans, and any robot that is capable of precise and delicate object interaction. But there’s also the fun side of robotics such as the soccer championships, Robot Wars, and a new entry on to my list: micromouse robot maze solvers.That last one is a bit of a mouthful, but no less impressive because of it. There is actually an annual Micromouse Robot Competition that sees tiny robots go head-to-head attempting to solve a maze as quickly as possible. What’s so impressive about these robots is just how agile and fast they are.The current champion is one Ng Bent Kiat, who works at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic focusing on embedded systems and robotics. His skill and knowledge in the field of robotics shows in his winning mouse robot called the Min7.Min7 is the first 4-wheeled robot Ng has created. It weighs just 90 grams and measures 10 x 7.5 x 2.5cm. It has a straight line speed of 3.5m/s and uses a 20MHz Hitachi 2633R processor for a brain.The way the Micromouse Robot Competition works is a two-stage process. The robots first enter the maze and have a chance to map it out. They then get a second timed run where the object is to solve the maze as quickly as possible.Ng and Min7 won this year due to the speed of the robot, which has to be seen to be believed. It managed to navigate the maze in just 3.921 seconds, which is also a record. Check out the video below to see just how fast Min7 is.Impressive, right?Below is the video of Min7 mapping out the maze. While slower, it’s still impressively fast considering there’s only a 20MHz processor running inside.Read more at Robot Dreams and Ng Beng Kiat’s websitelast_img read more