A test of our senior project design. www.tcnj.edu/~mmouse08
The Micromouse is an autonomous vehicle that is designed and constructed to enter and compete in the IEEE Region 1 2008 Micromouse Competition. This Micromouse has no more than 15 minutes to traverse a maze that is comprised of a 16x16 grid, with each grid having a cell dimension of 18x18 cm. Once the Micromouse has found the center of the maze, it is to return, via the most efficient path, to the starting cell and continue traversing this optimal path until the allotted time has expired. During this time of traversal, any human contact with the robot will result in a time penalty. Any damage caused to the maze itself and a robot that is not self-contained electronically will be subject to penalty as well. The design of the Micromouse's internal and external components was broken into four subsystems; motors and chassis, sensors and power constraints, microcontroller and motor driver, and the software implementation both for a simulator and maze solving algorithm. The designs of these systems were delegated to different members of the team, based on their technical background. During Senior Project I the team was concerned with research of components, design schematics, and some initial construction of the purchased parts. In Senior Project II the team will finish construction, as well as testing Micromouse to ensure it will be competitive during competition.