Yukimi Hayafune participated in the All Japan Micromouse Contest last year, including making into the final competition in the Freshman Class, which is quite an achievement. She was kind enough to submit this contest report and photos documenting her experience and the event:
The All Japan Micromouse Contest 2011 was held at the Tsukuba Capio building, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. It was the biggest micromouse crowd I have ever seen with over 300 participants, friends, and robot fans.
I competed in the Freshman Class. There were 99 competitors entered in the preliminary contest that is used to select the 30 fastest micromouse robots for the final.
[Note: “Freshman” refers to an entrant who considers themselves to be a micromouse beginner excluding those who completed the maze in the past All Japan Contest or the equivalent overseas contests. Also, those who are judged as an expert during the competition by a jury president are also excluded from the category of a freshman.]
Shapeways, the NYC based start-up that provides a way for creators to manifest their concepts as real world 3D products, announced the "Shapeways My Keepon Challenge":
"Given our obsession with the toy, we wanted to give the Shapeways community an opportunity to win a My Keepon for your own late night jam sessions. So we've teamed up with the creators for what we are dubbing "The Shapeways My Keepon Challenge.
Design an accessory for My Keepon (anything goes so long as we can print it!) and the winner with the most creatively awesome add-on will win a My Keepon, a print of his or her accessory, and a $50 Shapeways gift certificate.
A joint team of BeatBots, Wow! Stuff, and Shapeways will be judging the entries. From the My Keepon team, we're excited to have as judges Dr. Marek Michalowski and Dr. Hideki Kozima of BeatBots; and Dr. Graeme Taylor and Richard North of Wow! Stuff."
Here's another interesting, and memory provoking, infographic showing the most popular holiday toys that have come down the chimney with Santa over the past 30 years. It's a bit surprising how many of them have something to do with robots in one form or another.
How many do you recall, and how many did you own and play with personally? In my case, I had 8 of them, and still have most of the 8.
’The Most Popular Holiday Toys since 1981’ continues