RE: Rule comparison
For what it's worth, I tried using an optical mouse on Melamine at
a hotel and got as far as thinking that the mouse was broken! It had no
response at all. I wouldn't recommend anyone to try one for a micormouse as
on my computer the optical mouse sometimes leaps half a screen to one side.
At 12:39 27/08/04, you wrote:
>Recognizing that the rules in question are the UK rules and that Yanks
>should have no vote, I humbly offer my comments.
>I don't think the surface should be metal or glass. I think wood
>specification is designed to be a little vague so that people build mice
>that are adaptive to a range of conditions. Personally I spend a great
>deal to time trying to make my mice adaptive to the coefficient of
>friction d'jour. I would certainly not be against MDF, in fact my Korean
>maze is probably made from a material much like that. I think the paint
>often gives it some sort of texture which I tend to think is good.
>Does anyone know if optical computer mice work well on MDF?
>At 11:02 AM 8/27/04 +0100, you wrote:
>> No comments at all about rule 1 so far, hardly surprising. Rule
>> 2 is slightly more controversial. The current wording is:
>>"2. The side of the micromouse maze walls shall be white, and the top of
>>the walls shall be red. The floor of the micromouse maze shall be made of
>>wood and finished with a non-gloss black paint. The coating on the top
>>and side of the wall shall be selected to reflect infra-red light and the
>>coating on the floor shall absorb it."
>> I am concerned about the words "made of wood". Not all mazes are
>> currently made of wood. It is hard to see how a mouse could require some
>> property of wood that MDF, for example, doesn't have, but it may be
>> possible. I have in mind something like the use of an optical computer
>> mouse as odometry sensor. These work well on slightly textured surfaces
>> (like wood) but fail spectacularly on entirely fatureless surfaces like
>> a perfectly painted metal sheet. I would like this part of the maze
>> specification removed to allow the maze to be made of any material.