The Fastest Maze-Solving Competition On Earth

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Thank you to David Otten, APEC, and the All-Japan Micromouse Competition for having us.
Thank you to Juing-Hei ( / @suhu9379 ) & Derek Hall ( / @micromouse ) for usage of their micromouse videos.
Thank you to John McBride, Yusaku Kanagawa, and Katie Barnshaw for their help with Japanese translations.
Claude Shannon Demonstrates Machine Learning, AT&T Tech Channel Archive -
Mighty mouse, MIT News Magazine -
History, Micromouse Online Blog -
Christiansen, D. (1977). Spectral lines: Announcing the Amazing Micro-Mouse Maze Contest. IEEE Spectrum, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 27-27 -
Allan, R. (1979). Microprocessors: The amazing micromice: See how they won: Probing the innards of the smartest and fastest entries in the Amazing Micro-Mouse Maze Contest. IEEE Spectrum, vol. 16, no. 9, pp. 62-65, -
1977-79 - “MOONLIGHT SPECIAL” Battelle Inst. (American), CyberNetic Zoo -
Christiansen, D. (2014). The Amazing MicroMouse Roars On. Spectral Lines -
1986 - MicroMouse history, competition & how it got started in the USA, via CS-tv -
The first World Micromouse Contest in Tsubuka, Japan, August 1985 [1/2] by TKsTclip via CS-tv -
IEEE. (2018). Micromouse Competition Rules -
Tondra, D. (2004). The Inception of Chedda: A detailed design and analysis of micromouse. University of Nevada -
Braunl, T. (1999). Research relevance of mobile robot competitions. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 32-37 -
All Japan Micromouse 2017 by Peter Harrison, Micromouse Online -
Winning record of the national competition micromouse (half size) competition. mm3sakusya @ wiki (Google translated from Japanese) -
The Fosbury Flop-A Game-Changing Technique, Smithsonian Magazine -
Gold medal winning heights in the Men's and Women's high jump at the Summer Olympics from 1896 to 2020, Statistica -
Zhang, H., Wang, Y., Wang, Y., & Soon, P. L. (2016). Design and realization of two-wheel micro-mouse diagonal dashing. Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, 31(4), 2299-2306. -
Micromouse Turn List, Keri’s Lab -
Green Ye via CS-tv -
Classic Micromouse, Excel 9a. Demonstrate fan suction, by TzongYong Khiew via CS-tv -
Vacuum Micromouse by Eliot, HACKADAY -
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Written by Tom Lum and Emily Zhang
Edited by Trenton Oliver
Animated by Ivy Tello
Coordinated by Emily Zhang
Filmed by Yusaku Kanagawa, Emily Zhang, and Derek Muller
Additional video/photos supplied by Getty Images and Pond5
Music from Epidemic Sound
Thumbnail by Ren Hurley and Ignat Berbeci
References by Katie Barnshaw
Produced by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev, and Emily Zhang


  • Sure the mice are cool, but can we talk about the animations at 8:40? So impressive! No idea how they were made, but it really helped understand the concepts. Hats off to the team behind them.

  • Ive never once studied robotics but it seems to me that this sort of thing would be a great introductory course to the subject

    • Sorry bro, but this kind of thing is so far away from introductory, introductory robotics are like: open and closing a gate, or lifting up some wheight with a motor. Actually doing robots its on the midterm of robotics, and competitions like this are endgame things.( Sorry for the possible typing errors)

    • ​@Klenom I think he meant it in the way of being introduced to the potential of robotics during introductory courses. Show students the possibilities, let them imagine the what ifs, and then the basics begin.

    • @Fourth Numeral Excelent point man, didn't saw that way, it is a actually awesome way to introduce robotics.

    • Its actually really not that far out there to use this as introductory robotics, even in a practical sense! Before I went off to college, I participated in a highschool robotics competition that McGill University hosts, which does exactly this. All the equipment is standardized with a few customization options, and over the course of a couple days they introduce the different features and how to write code on the arduinos that drive the little mice, and then you have a sandbox day to try different things with different mazes before you submit your final version for the contest. They use very simple mazes, and you have very few options for sensors, but in my opinion it was the perfect level of challenge!

    • In my university it's a class they teach you to code and then at the end you build a micro mouse or a robot that does something like following a path then lifting a can or moving some servos to carry stuff. This class is on the camputer/electrical engineering idk if there is something similar on computer science since they only do coding and stuff while we do hardware and some coding.

  • Whoever does the animations to accompany the explanations for these videos deserves a raise! Those were top notch and absolutely vital to the effectiveness of this video!

  • As an F1 fan, I got extra excited once I saw the tape cleaning the tires. The way they interact with the track surface in various disciplines (shown very well here!) is fascinating.

    • don't forget the fan car too

    • @Rizqy Aqil Herlindra like the Brabham BT46B "fan car"

    • Formula One: **Bans cool, wacky, and clever ideas, including active-suction designs.** Micromouse: **Remains cool and relevant by welcoming innovation of all kinds.**

    • ​@Fanu 24or the brand new Gordon Murray T50.

    • ​@Seldom Needythat's to be expected, though. Many of the cool ideas were 2 steps away from catastrophic incidents (ground effect is one such example: it will stick you to the corner untill it doesn't, then you'll be so much over the limit of normal grip that nothing you do will influence the car; and this could happen by chance if even a little bit of air gets in. Nowadays it's not a problem anymore, but the same applies to many other innovations. They could have left in asymmetric brakes tho)

  • A circular maze would be fascinating! Really adding cool maze shapes

    • As a start, even an "off-grid" walls' design would be challenging to solve

    • that Inception scene...

  • The "Strategy" illustrations of how the mouse could reach its goal are fantastic. And all the explanations from the narrator, start to finish, are also excellent and easy to follow. Fascinating video.

  • Those turns are unreal, it looks like the mouse is simply teleporting across across certain parts of the maze

    • That one micro mouse surely do that once it hits 88mph.

    • ​Dont_Read_My_User_Photo ok

    • Pardon the pun, but it is a-mazing how advanced these tiny robots have become, both in speed and intelligence. 😮

    • Dont_Read_My_User_Photo TL;DR

    • That's what you get with 2 independently controlled wheels.

  • I just spent 25 minutes engrossed in a video about tiny robots trying to solve something you find in the Sunday paper. This channel continues to amaze.

    • You forgot to add all the times you rewound so you could see it again...

    • I see what you did there. A-maze

    • A-Mazing!

    • @Ju4n 100% unintended, but sure, I'll take the credit 😬

  • When you got to the mice that used fans for down force I was sure that you would mention the Chapparal 2J race car by Jim Hall. It used two big fans to remove the air from the boxy, skirted body. So effective that the concept was banned for the next season.

    • There's also the fact that the 2J was hideous.

    • Same here, he said “unlike racecars they could engineer a new mechanism” when that’s exactly what they did lol.

    • there was also f1 car with same idea, upgraded? version was being built but loophole was closed before it was finished. called Brabham BT46B which only ran in official race once. and it won by over a half of a minute but after it won FIA declared that fan cars are never allowed in f1 race ever again. but since it was legal when it raced, it kept its 1 win from 1978 Swedish Grand Prix and joined with other cars that have technically 100% win rate.

  • I got SO excited when you got to the part about turning forces, and I guessed right before you said it that they were creating vacuums to hold the mouse. I’m not usually a very mechanically minded person, and it was really a joy to have an AHA! moment organically like that. I am so appreciative of the ways that you can share other’s passion in such effective ways. I didn’t know or care about robotics in the slightest before this video, but now I’m excited to see what the future holds for micromouse optimization.

  • Humans are absolutely beautiful. Both the people competing and over 12 million people on CS-tv are invested in the idea of making a tiny robot solve a maze and it’s so random and came from just one person and now it’s huge. Sometimes I need things like this to remind me humans are pretty neat sometimes

    • Its just a shame that science and technology isn't the average human's main focus. The average human is more focused on materialism or climbing the social hierarchy ladder. If we were a mainly scientific species, the world would be such a better place.

    • @I'm not a good person at all In short, nerds should take charge of the world.

  • Very cool production and supporting animations. Feels like the next level for these competitions would be to make the maze multi-level with multiple ingress and egress points to the different levels, along with non standard shapes like "circular" rooms and hallways.

  • One thing I like about this engineering competition is that, since there aren't heavy financial incentives involved (like pretty much any other engineering project), people are given the chance to try whatever they want and be as innovative as they like.

    • Even with incentives, all they would need to be innovative is low costs for parts and work, and rules allowing multiple entries per participant (and no entry-fee)

    • Literally, if this competition doesn't show that capitalism doesn't produce innovation, i don't know what will

    • @Raymond Qiu You cannot argue that because A causes X, that B does not cause X as well...

    • @Raymond Qiu You don't understand the way capitalism does innovation. If there is big money riding on something, the capitalists will do quite well at figuring out how to get that money. It is only once they dominate a field, and risk becomes expensive, that they stop innovating.

    • @jursamaj capitalism doesn't do innovation, people do. begging engineers to read one ounce of Marx

  • This could be a truly incredible education tool. A simple version of this could get kids an absurd amount of basic STEM skills. (A mixture of guides and some of the hardest stuff pre-built, but with a lot left intentionally unclear forcing kids to experiment and look at examples outside their class and figure out why things work the way they do.) But what's more brilliant is that I'd bet it would be pretty easy to get kids amped up and competitive so they want to do it instead of being made to do ot.

  • This was absolutely fascinating. I never knew this existed. Thanks.

  • I’ve watched these clips for a couple years now and always thought it was interesting but you absolutely nailed the writing on this!! Awesome story and I now have a deeper love for this competition. I race cars and I always looked at this like a programming competition. Now I see it much like Formula One or Battle Bots. The drive to innovate for an advantage is compelling. Well done!

  • Great episode, thank you for doing all the research behind it. Love the explanations you gave, the algorithms behind it and the special moments over time :)

  • As an electronic engineer, this is one of the most epic electronic engineering vids I've seen. Thanks Veritasium

    • Same

    • Np i got u

    • So am I, I saw the length of this video and thought: "Eh not gonna sit and watch for 20 mins" but I got absolutely enthralled. Really considering making one!

    • IIT has a course called CS 102 you might enjoy

    • If _elevation height_ isn’t a “violation”… why not just launch a drone (aka: map~>process~>drive)💁‍♂️

  • Impressive and scary how quick and accurate they can move.

  • Some of the most interesting science videos EVER! ❤

  • My favorite cameo for Micromouse came from an early episode of the long-forgotten but groundbreaking sci-fi TV show, Max Headrom. Micromice competitions were a part of the curriculum of a school for gifted youngsters that were involved in the plot of an episode.

  • This is one of those things that perfectly demonstrates the difference between simplicity and difficulty. The concept is simple, get through the maze quickly. Doing it the quickest is difficult.

  • I'd never heard of this before - thanks for the excellent video explainer, really impressive to see the innovations and speeds they achieve!

  • Once you understand what goes into mouse navigation, this goes from appearing as odd nerd behavior to something genuinely impressive.

    • Yupp I think that's most things. That's why I love learning! Appreciate life!

    • well said. youre hired

    • and when they put machine guns on them and send them into tunnels after humans...

    • Same with any sufficiently advanced "odd nerd behaviour" tbh

    • Be that as it may, those are some shockingly weak mazes with **many** paths to success. Lets get some AI generated mazes in there where excessive diagonals are not included...

  • My Computing Science teacher made this an assignment in the first semester even when we barely learned how to do loops. It's such a simple to understand yet complex problem which sparked my interested in the CS field.

  • As a biologist, I see evolution acting on these machines :) So cool as I never thought I'll be soo intrigued by mechanics, robotics, programming, etc altogether 😅✌️ And the entire credit goes to Veritasium! You remind me my love for science.

    • Talking about evolution, I would love if Derek makes a video on evolution, what modern synthesis means and the common misconceptions.

    • All these systems stuff were inspired by biologists, so your interest and passion about these topics is natural ♥✌

  • I never knew this was a thing This is sick. Great video as always! Thanks

  • This is so interesting!! I didn’t even know they had such competition but glad I got to know this exists!!

  • I commend whoever did the script for this. Precise explanations and never a dull moment.

  • It’d be cool to see a maze with different elevations throughout.

    • or a 3d object which could have intersting shortcuts depending how the maze wraps around

    • That's exactly what I thought!!!

    • And opposite burms and different textures and bumpy sections

    • @Macallan rally mouse

    • Non-euclidean mazes :D

  • never knew about this but saw the competition 100 times in social media, pretty good explanation and looks fun to try on my own when I continue my bachelor in AI.

  • Thanks for this very interesting video. Many years ago, Richard Browne, who worked as a technician for Bell Telephone, had seen an article published in the company newsletter that described and showed pictures of Claude Shannon's electronic mouse. Knowing that the mouse used telephone relays to control its motions and solve the problem and having access to scrapped telephone relays, he restored some relays and set out to duplicate the whole thing. The original published article did not detail how it was all done, so my friend figured it out for himself. I remember that the memory for each of the 25 cells of the maze area required two relays which recorded the direction the mouse had last left that cell. Near the end of this machine's life ,somewhere around the late 1970s, I met and became friends with Richard. I saw the machine myself and was thrilled by how well it worked. Later, Richard went on to build marble machines, intricate wooden machines that allowed a marble to pass through various gravity-driven paths. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2013, but you can still see his videos about some of his marble machines. Although never completed, his grandest machine, called Marble Machine 3, was one of his creations described by Richard in videos here on CS-tv.

  • With the suction motor it actually got even more mousey by being able to climb walls. 😂

  • This is really cool, I like stuff like this. Love how you explained how they solved the mazes, fascinating.

  • One of the first complex programs we assigned to beginning programmers was a maze solver. These are amazing little robots.

  • You kept saying "shortest path, shortest path" and me, a past courier driver, kept screaming at the monitor "THE SHORTEST PATH IS NOT ALWAYS THE FASTEST PATH!!" Lo, at 11:00, you made my day! Ladies and gentlemen: Derek Muller, never afraid to challenge dogma.

  • I'd love to see a 3D micromouse maze with all sorts of walls and ceilings and loops to drive on, using vacuum fans to stick to the surfaces

    • or use a drone micromouse

    • @Praveen Motamarri drons, but as small balls....without any fans outside, and can roll on wall to maximize speed when turning

    • I came here to say this. I see that it's already been said. So i second it.

    • Imagine all the possible Fosbury flops

    • @Praveen Motamarri there are drone obstacle courses...

  • I forgot all about this competition, I knew about it back in the 80’s when I first got into the computer industry. Did not follow it as it was out of my area of specialty. So seeing this and seeing how far it has come in such a short time span is mind boggling. Will have to keep an eye on this, there are some really competitive people out there and it’s astounding how the whole field can change over night just from one person thinking outside of the box. Seeing all of the major jumps in the technology over the past 50 years is outstanding. Seeing the first time out of the box to what are being used now is crazy, no wonder it’s gained traction over the past 20 years.

  • never herd of such a race, but was rather interesting to learn about it. Thank you for this little nugget of information.

  • This is what the internet is all about. Some crazy thing I would have never imagined, a whole world. Fascinating

  • The fan vacuum concept had to have come from the Chaparral 2J (built in 1970), which was a race car that used two engines; one of which was to create suction for downforce. Rules were ultimately changed to disqualify it from racing and the suction fan would blow a bunch of road debris at competitors behind it. Anyway, it was interesting to see it cross over into this event.

    • Or from the much more commonly know fan car, Brabham's one race wonder, which they pulled out because they didn't want to cause too much disturbance on F1 paddock.

    • ​@Heksu OTHERS got it banned, you mean. Poor team for wanting to win while thinking outside the box. Perhaps they should've almost just thrown the first few races and pretended to improve their design only gradually. Maybe F1 would be different today and still allow, y'know... neat innovation.

  • I'm wondering if they would ever try to run mice in rounded mazes. I feel like making big leaps in creativity would be to make the mazes less predictable then a tile maze.

  • The first 6 minutes I wondered how they are so fast. Thanks for clarifying that they get a study run and a few test runs before.

  • Would love see this competition developed for drones with a cube shaped maze

  • The mice are amazing at 2D mazes. Have the designers considered 3D, with ramps and overlapping floors?

  • Claude Schannen also modified Boolean Algebra which was invented by George Boole.He used gates in a circuit that time which are called as switches now.This also has an application in Java in the form of a chapter called as Logigates.Its because of him that helped electronics engineer to simplify complex ciruits into simple ones.A brilliant man in truest sense.

  • This could be useful for robot vacuum cleaners, sewage inspections, mapping old buildings, getting behind enemy lines, etc. etc.

  • Whenever I get a notification for his video, I try to wrap up all work and find 30 minutes of spare time to savor his content. Perhaps my favorite creator at the moment. Many creators came and get, this guy never fails to educate, intrigue and entertain. I've been following him for like 10 years or so.

  • The sections / structure / narrative of this video, in order to be exhaustive about the evolution and multiple aspects of that sport. Once again, second to none. Great content, sponsors very much on point, and at the end of the video. Amazing channel.

  • this is way more fascinating than I thought it was gonna be.

  • The applications for this after (considerably) further development are very cool. Imagine these being refined further from micro-mice to nano-mice... something that instead can traverse liquid... and viola... diagnostics in medicine. Or, something that can navigate complex terrain... search bots for people/animals trapped under rubble in disaster zones. While it's certainly useful to have large or complex mobile robots that can do the saving / transporting of life-saving materials or methods... having search/diagnostic/mapping robots are equally important, particularly where time is of the essence. One further application could be in darker cases where people disappear (by natural or nefarious means) and need to be found quickly to be saved.

  • I REALLY want to believe that Masakazu Utsunomiya's "Red Comet" mouse is a Gundam reference haha. A mouse that reaches the goal 3x faster than an ordinary mouse

  • This competition is a good example of what the 12 parsecs Kessel Run could mean.

  • the way they manage to maintain a perfect distance from the walls, and go SO FAST is insane

    • Not really. Keep in mind that the microcontrollers in those robots can do hundreds of millions of computations per second. If any uses an FPGA instead, that could be an even bigger number. From the robots' perspective, it must "feel" like driving at 0.01 mile per hour.

    • @Jean Roch it’s just incredible to watch something so small maintain such precise control from the perspective of someone who has very little experience in robotics.

    • @Jean Roch using FPGA's was also my first thought in reducing the computation times dramatically. I don't think that any of the winning mices are using a microcontroller.

    • @CraftIngo I wouldn't know, but don't underestimate MCU's. The fastest STM32 runs at 550 MHz last I checked, that's plenty enough to run this kind of challenge.

    • @Jean Roch How about the momentum, power cut-off, and wheel friction, do they calculate all of them as well? I wonder if let's say the sensor and computer can decide the next step fast enough, will the output of the movement be straightforward?

  • Wow, I was completely entranced by every part of this video. Who knew that these little mice and their inspiration for creativity and ingenuity would be so fascinating? 😊

  • Gee - I wonder if anyone has thought about adding this type of competition to BSA's schedule of events - kind of like a next generation pinewood derby?

  • This is amazing! New requirement, every mouse must come programmed with the knowledge that I love them 😇

  • Fun fact: That fan technology was initially developed for Formula 1, but was banned for being too effective in generating downforce. However, the Mcmurtry Spéirling actually uses this technology in an all-electric package. And man, that car’s quick.

  • I stumbled upon this video by chance and now I am completely enthralled by this Micromouse thing! Thank for you for a very informative video! :)

  • This is perhaps the only channel whose videos I wait for

    • You need more channels

    • @iPrint3D I follow lots of channels. This one still has my attention after all these years. One thing you'll note is he does not show himself all the time on the camera. He does not appear that often, its mostly his voice.

    • mine's 3blue1brown

    • *VSauce has entered the chat*

    • Lemmino

  • Next steps: 1. Make it a 3D drone race to a destination 2. Add in a challenge so that you need to drop packages off at certain destinations. There are also certain decoy destinations which need to be checked. 3. Allow ability for unlimited number of drones to assist with dropping off these packages. 4. Allow only 2 flights rather than 5. 5. Make decoy destinations as challenging as possible. Once perfected, sell to government willing to pay the most 😆

  • I think it would be really cool if they finds an efficient way to pick the mouse back from the track, everytime that dude was leaning into the maze to recollect it, I was getting panic attack.

  • I wonder if they could design one with variable fan speed for straights so there is less resistance and they can get a speed boost on acceleration and then brake boost on de-acceleration. It could potentially save a few ms over the larger courses.

  • Love this! Thank you for spreading nuanced truth and science!

  • This was freaking AWESOME. NO idea this existed.

  • My respect to all the previous engineers of the past whose mouse was really slow, their consistency to push this competition further paved the way for today's modern engineers. This is one of the prime examples of what humanity can achieve while working together generation by generation.

    • @Mahyar Shokraeian It's part of my humanity to claw my way out of eating nothing but scraps, and onwards into engineering. Saying that feats of science is a waste invalidates people who actually escaped the poverty line through science. It's like telling me that I need to go back down there just because I'm able to feed me and my family now. Instead of being derogatory to science, why don't you just inspire people to aim for this knowledge so they too escape like I did. People inspired me to climb, and so can you.

    • Oh yes, and by playing playfully !!!! While doing the most serious of all engineering works.

    • ​@Mahyar Shokraeianyou don't have to choose. You can do both at the same time.

    • @Mahyar Shokraeian I'm sure you spend every second of your life dedicated to making the world a better place and never waste time on any kind of entertainment and you only spend enough money to survive while donating the rest to charity.

    • @Mahyar Shokraeian what do you do to stop world hunger?

  • Absolutely fascinating, waaaay over what even a nerd like me expected. Many thanks!

  • Imagine this device slowing down time while it makes thousands or million of calculations per second, then finishing the maze while all of us think about applauding. 😊

  • What an awesome video. I came into this knowing nothing about the subject. It was informative and educational while being very engaging without patronising me for my ignorance. I cant help but wonder if they can navigate an analogue maze.

  • I would have enjoyed some more speculation on what might change in the future of the micromouse robots. I can't think of anything obvious that I would improve. Maybe make the algorithm more speed-aware: Tight corners won't slow you down much when you're already going slowly. But honestly, they probably do that already with their fancy path-planning algorithms. Maybe you could do some sort of statistical analysis to uncover common patterns in how the maze is set up and incorporate that knowledge for even faster in-expectation exploration. On the hardware side, no idea. Maybe mainly increased reliability of all components? Improved wheel materials? Even more weight savings?

  • It’d be cool to see a maze with different elevations throughout.. It’d be cool to see a maze with different elevations throughout..

  • Man, seriously.. The guys behind the video editing and simulations in your videos are pure genius. Wish I could meet such guys to learn from.

    • 🤔

    • They are Veritasium, mate

    • @koenamh He's got a team behind him nowadays right? Did Derek make the animations? Does he still do his own editing?

    • ​@Hugh Manatee I'm 99% sure he doesn't

    • @Hugh Manatee Just look at the end of the description to see who made what in this video. Pretty detailed so i like it xD

  • This reminds me of something similar called code space although the goal is something different the objective is to score points by collecting your assigned colour and dropping them off at a drop off point and the robot is also autonomous and at the end of the round who ever has the most points wins

  • I built a really clunky maze solving robot for school decades ago. It was horrible and didn't even solve the maze :P I love the idea of a competition like this. If I had time and expenses I'd try it too.

  • How stable are those walls? A potential way to get even faster would be to bounce around corners without slowing down there at all.

  • Maybe moving forward by backward and backward by forward, could be a great strategy if the micromouse has diagonal back sensor and front sensor, that allow them to process more data of the path with multiple intersection without the need to rotate to return to the path

  • Combination of different engineering fields working togather in very optimized way in such small robots. So cool... 💥

  • As an electronics engineer this was one of my favorite projects that I have ever done. From the firmware, circuit design , algorithms and mechanical design every part of this robot is just pure absolute joy of engineering.

    • Do you mind giving me inputs? I am an EE student and I want to know what I need to know and any other things required to try make one

    • bro, are you bald?

    • as normal guy , i salute you electronics engineer. as a normal guy

    • I wonder how common extreme weight optimization is... Drilling holes into PCBs, using the lightest materials available, shaving them down to barely not break. Surely that could get you a few ms due to faster turning speeds. Also, how relevant are aerodynamics on this tiny scale?

    • Pin this

  • It could be interesting to add areas where the floor is elevated into a type of corkscrew with curved corners (imagine a slinky stretched lengthwise down a path) to make good use of the suction and some extra flair

  • Next Micromouse challenge might have uneven floors, banks, reflective and mow-through walls, varying friction with sand, and maybe even step squares.

  • Precisely those paradigm changes to be better are what define the history of human technology. Congratulations, excellent video.

  • I’m amazed that we managed to turn a bunch of tiny circuit boards and wheels into a machine that’s capable of going the same speed as an F1 which reminder if you go in front of one it can and will turn you into a fine mist.

  • What a great little documentary. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and learned about something totally new to me. Nice job.

  • 20:20 Imagine a giant cylindrical maze where the mice can go upside down. Or even a maze with loops like in Sonic, so the mice will have to account for more than a 2D map of the area.

    • I’m thinking 3D mazes in water or air mazes. But, surely, one can complicate it even more, adding rare shapes to it or even simulating 4 dimensions, building a tesseract.

    • It really has stopped being a maze solving competition, it's about movement execution.

    • Imagine quadcopter maze running.

    • mario kart 8

    • A Möbius-Maze?

  • its wonderful to see the passion and creativity people have for solving problems

  • I have a question about mazes… What happens if they are multiple layer (not for those robots just in general) How would you go about solving this? As an example you have a maze and beneath or on top there is a second maze and obviously they are not independent but one maze so there are stairs or ladders going up and down branching off and therefore you have completely isolated rooms or places in the different layers that are only connected through the different layers.

  • Had no idea about any of this. What a gem! So interesting and very well made!

  • It's pretty cool that when this thing started, the robots looked and moved nothing like mice, but now, 50 years later they really do. The way they take corners looks just like a little mouse.

  • This seems like a fun thing for me to try as a newbie in the field of Python

  • As one of those who missed the podium of the All-Japan Competition this year, I can tell you that the level at which they are competing for the champion is on a completely different level. one of them mentioned that he changed the optical rotary encoder disc from plastic to paper, making it 0.15g lighter!

    • what do they mean i cant attached nuclear reactors and rocket propulsion to my micromouse

    • Well on a micro scale that 0.15g could be something like 3 pounds relatively

    • So they have already swapped steel to carbon fiber screws or axles or straight to adhesives to save weight? Biggest issue i see with these advances seem to be that its money game to manufacture lightest parts witch require high quality tooling to produce well as having already wealth of knowledge on the robotics. Sure i can plan maybe even lighter mouse with things mentioned, but i'm decades behind on building the software to level where i could even compete.

    • @Hellsong89 skill issue (couldn’t resist)

    • Is jumping allowed?

  • I wonder if you could make a mouse that could take the video feed of where the yellow box is from above, and then estimate a leap across the maze to land in that box.

  • okay, now... i want to see ramps and levels (like a clear plexi bottoms so you can see the level below). I want to see traps (like magnet delays or rotating spots). I want to see two competitors at once. Make it happen!

  • I'm wondering if the concept could be transferred to small drones flying in 3D mazes

  • As an Electronics Engineer, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

  • This is a metaphor for the many different strategies for navigating life. What a time to be alive!!

  • even including fans for suction? these guys are insane, the amount of work put onto this

    • When I first saw the footage I wonder where they were getting that much traction from and my assumption was magnets (and the maze was built on a metal plate) but doing it with a fan is a far cooler solution to that problem. Self contained as well.

    • @Truepenny i thought it was similar to the road used in drag races, the road is pretty sticky, but yeah you're right

    • And what is so cool is that as long as you stay in the general rules that keeps the spirit intact, no one will tell you "no you can't use that it's too good"

    • F1 teams were experimenting with that technology in the 70s (as far as I remember), but such fans were prohibited by the technical rules after only one season as fan failures in turns or cars hopping over curbs was devastating and even fatal.

    • When you think about it, it is actually quite obvious to every car geek. There have been tons of ground effect cars, including the chapparal 2j (with a fan), or in formula 1 the lotus 78/79 (with skirts), or the Brabham (with a fan, but different), etc. So IMHO, yes, surprising, but also obvious at the same time 😂

  • I love when i stumble upon a sport or a whole ass competition that been around for many years, but i had no idea about 😂. I used to think subsections like this was just a bunch of weirdo's, but it's genuinely cool to see people so interested in something so niche that it grows into something that brings like minded people together to just be themselves. Learned something new today

  • Interesting to see contestants manually retrieving the micro mouse from the maze instead of another robot placing and picking them up.

  • I have built several maze solving robots and it is great fun. But none of mine are remotely at this level.

  • I just had a thought, I'd make one to split in 2 in order to map out the maze, maybe that would be interesting, not sure if it'd make it any faster for the last run. The 2 parts would communicate via blue tooth.