The latest generation of micromouse robots are lightening fast, so fast that it’s actually hard for camera people to track them.
The video clips below were captured during practice sessions for the 30th All Japan Micromouse Competition by Peter Harrison (Decimous) using a Casio FC100 camera set for 640x480 at 210 fps. While the high video frame rate effectively slows down the robots speed by a factor of 7X, the micromouse robots still seem to run surprisingly fast.
Watch for the mouse with extremely low ground clearance and four drive wheels towards the rear. That’s Kato’s TETRA robot design.
The video flicker is caused by beat frequencies between the camera frame rate (210 fps) and the venue lighting (50 hz).