Micromouse, a Robotic Maze-Solving Competition

Micromouse is an event where small robotic “mice” race to get to the end of a maze as quickly as possible, after having explored it beforehand. The winner this year finished in less than 4 seconds; you’ll have to see it to see just how incredible it is: 

Below is a video of the exploratory phase, which to me is even more remarkable. The robot figures out its route pretty quickly, in less than two minutes. If it had good cameras on its sides so it could check dead-ends without running up to them, it would probably blaze right through. 

I imagine the technology and techniques used here are relevant for robots that will navigate other environments – the Roomba comes to mind, but I’m sure there are more important industrial applications.

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