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Micromouse UK 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Saturday, 27 June 2009 20:10




UK Micromouse 2009



We had a great day out today at the UK Micromouse 2009 competition in Birmingham UK.

There were many different types of robots, including Humanoids, hexapod, line followers, Antweights, slot-cars, maze followers and drag racers. Plenty of spectators came to watch competitors from the UK and many foreign guests compete in events during the day. 

The humanoids had a bit of a rumble, pitting Isobot against Robo-builder and Robonova whilst Sir Kitt ( modified Manoi ) filmed it all from his mobile chariot.

Sparks flew when the ant weights were let loose in their safety arena with a few spectators stepping back a little, suprised by the ferocity!! The Micromouse Maze had the usual array of competitiors, ranging from simple school built designs to ultra-fast custom machines.

A very good day and many thanks to our hosts from the University of Birmingham. 

Some photos from the day can be found in our gallery at the link below and we will have some videos up soon aswell. 


Micromouse UK 2009 photo gallery 



Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 18:19
Robotopia at the UK National Space Centre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Sunday, 14 June 2009 20:50

Robotopia at the UK's National Space Centre was held this weekend and proved a big hit with the visitors.

Although numbers were down due to the unnaturally good weather, the vistors that did make it were enthralled by the range of robots waiting to greet them at the event.


Matt Dentons Hexapods

Matt Denton's Hexapods certainly grabbed attention and caused a bit of a stir, Enthralling most and sending some old ladies off in a hurry!!


 i-cub wowed the crowd performing demonstrations of its cognative research capabilities.

Sir Kitt

 Sir Kitt, the UK Robot Group mascot, was on-hand to provide some entertainment, mounting his (t)rusty steed and jumping off to dance and tell awful jokes from time-to-time.


Robots Live




Robots Live attended with a heavyweight arena, pay-per-drive robots and a robot that wandered around the exhibits, generally harassing people.


 A robot for interactive learning, Kasper, was on-hand to challenge players to co-ordination based games using a pair of Wii-motes.



Aibos from the University of Hertfordshire merrily strutted around and played maze solving games using image trackng of balls to guide a player through to the finish.


There were also Lego Mindstorms workshops, guest speakers and demonstrations throughout the day.

Mars Rover

The National Space Centre has hundreds of hands-on exhibits, Simulators and a couple of full-size rockets to marvel at and is well worth a visit.



Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2009 21:23
Robotopia at the National Space Centre 13-14 June 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Monday, 08 June 2009 17:48





Visit the National Space Centre in Leicester for a two day family event which looks at the modern day reality behind the science fiction of robots, featuring robots from TV and Film and some of the most cutting edge technologies in existence today.

What is a Robot?
What do we want robots to do?
What are the possibilities for the future?

All this explained in one big weekend of fun with live demos, hands-on workshops, presentations and more. Not to be missed. 

They are also looking for people with feature robots to demonstrate at the event.

13-14 June 2009


UK humanoid meetup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 08:07


 Humanoid roboticsDon't forget, not long to go to the UK's main Humanoid robotics event.



This event is a well attended gathering of robotic enthusiasts. Mostly centred around Micromouse, but also the main meeting point for the UK Humanoid community.

Many other types of robot turn up, including mini-sumo, walkers, etc

Spectators are welcome 


Saturday 27th June 2009

10.00am - 5.00pm

Millennium Point, Birmingham.

hosted by Birmingham City University


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 08:13
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 15:01



UK National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

The UUVS Exhibition features some of the world’s leading suppliers of AUVs, ROVs and technologies. It is one of the best opportunities to sample and compare new developments with a focused exhibition as well as dockside demonstrations.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday 22nd September  9am - 6pm
Wednesday 23rd September  8.30am - 4pm



UK Electronics show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Monday, 01 June 2009 14:51


 National Electronics Week


National Electronics Week show 16th - 18th June 



Robotic tractors on their way PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Monday, 01 June 2009 14:41


 Robotic apple picker view


"A 3D laser ranging view of a Pennsylvania apple orchard can not only allow a mobile robot to pace its rows, but also captures detail of every tree, its foliage and fruit. This image was produced using techniques developed by Daniel Munoz, Martial Hebert and Nicolas Vandapel (Image: Nicolas Vandapel)"


"From ploughs to seed drills to tractors, evolving technology has brought about radical changes to agriculture over the years. Now the sector is poised for another shift as robotic farmhands gear up to make agriculture greener and more efficient."


Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 14:46
UK underwater ROV is exploring Gulf of Mexico PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 May 2009 14:26


 Saab Seaeye ROV

 "Coral, never before seen in colour − and fish never seen alive, nor in their natural habitat − have been filmed by a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV in an expedition to discover new coral communities deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

The four year project is investigating a series of unexplored sites along the northern Gulf of Mexico between 300 and 1000m, and is funded by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and the US Mineral Management Service.




Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 14:34
Essex Firefighters receive new robots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 11:19


 Essex Firefighting robots

THREE hi-tech robots will soon be helping Essex firefighters tackle blazes, lift rubble and move gas cylinders.

Talon, Black Max and Brokk 90 will be drafted in to deal with situations deemed too dangerous for humans.

The robots, owned by defence engineering firm Qinetiq, have proven their worth in battlefields around the world, but will now be called in by the fire service when needed.



US Army robot repair centre PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 19:23

"Footage of technicians at the Joint Robotics Repair Facility repairing robots used by explosive and IED removal teams. Scenes include Soldiers testing multiple robots, including the Talon and Packbot." 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2009 19:28
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