Ng Beng Kiat from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore is almost a legend in the Japan Micromouse competitions having taken first place in the Expert Class competitions for the past several years. His robot designs are always surprising and a thing of beauty to watch in action. This year was no exception.
Because his micromouse – MIN4A – had the best time during Saturday’s competition, it had the honor of running after everyone else during the Sunday finals. In the end it missed taking first place by just a small fraction of a second, but Ng Beng Kiat still walked away with 2nd place, a cash prize, a trophy, a big smile, and his well earned reputation still intact.
This video shows MIN4A during its search run (it really does the search that fast – faster than most robots do their speed runs), and then during two speed runs.