The basic rules and regulations for the Japan Micromouse contest haven’t changed in 30 years. You might think that would stifle innovation and creativity, but exactly the opposite has occurred. Competitors continue, year after year, to introduce surprisingly new and fast designs. This year one new design, TETRA by Kato-san, really stood out dramatically, and clocked unbelievablely fast times.
We asked David Otten, a 22 year veteran of the competitions, to share his observations, and the current theories on how Kato’s robot was able to achieve world-class performance.