David Otten has been a leader, if not The Leader, in micromouse competitions for the past few decades, and has been actively competing in the annual Japan Micromouse competitions for 22 years without missing a single competition.
David was kind enough to share his initial report from this years competition in Tsukuba, Japan, along with a marked up copy of the final Expert Class maze and the successful paths used by the robots.
Here’s David’s report:
2009 ALL JAPAN MICROMOUSE CONTEST
The 30th running of the All Japan Micromouse Contest was held on November 23, 2009. Each contestant was given 5 minutes and 5 starts. The best of the 5 runs was used. Bright lights and flash were allowed. The results are shown below. Eighty mice participated in the expert category. One hundred and seventeen mice participated in a separate freshman category.
Results of the 2009 All Japan Expert Micromouse Contest
|Rush||Soh Yi Lang||Singapore||5.050|
|BR8SW||Yin Hsiang Ting||Singapore||5.804|
|Excel-7||Khiew Tzong Yong||Singapore||5.828|
The top mice took the red path. Those that preferred a straighter path took the blue. A few also took the green path.
Thirty two entries were registered for the second year of the ? size micromouse format. Four mice participated in the final with Mr. Itani of Noriko fame taking first place.