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- Article in Robotics Age Jan/Feb 1982.
Quester by David Buckley June 1981
Quester - Retired
A micromouse, which uses vision to detect the walls of the maze, segmented bump sensors in case it doesn't, and a layered behaviour control program.
Finalist in the Robotics Age "Home Robot Photo Contest". Article in Robotics Age Jan/Feb 1982.
Photograph of Quester used to illustrate an article on mobile robots, p641, The Home Computer Advanced Course #33, 1984.
Photograph - Scale Models International, April 1988, p207.
Built June 1981 -.
Size - 8" * 5 1/2" * 7 1/2".
Operational area - 3ft * 3ft using a small maze.
# Technical overview
Article in Robotics Age Jan/Feb 1982.

1981 - Quester took part in the Wembley heats of the 1981 Amazing Micromouse Contest
1982 - David L Buckley won third prize in the schools competition of the Euromouse Maze Contest
A 25 computer book voucher from McGraw Hill
1983 - David L Buckley's mouse Quester won 4th prize in the 1983 finals at Earles Court, Novice Section

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1996 - Quester won the 'Thezeus Award 1996' created and presented by Alan Dibley.

Technical overview:

[The maze for a micromouse has white wall (with red tops) and a black baseboard.]
Quester has a Reactive subsystem ( Before Brookes, Arkin, Tilden et al. ) and a top level control computer. Quester still works but the tape player for loading programs doesn't work and neither do the program tapes.
Hand assembly takes forever especially as links need to be altered after an edit. (Quester's computer was my ONLY computer).
The 1K RAM was too small for Quester to be more than a micromouse, even a simple maze map took 256 bytes.
I did fit the arm and gripper but realistically there was not enough code space and decoding what the eyes saw was too hard.

References:

See also Micromouse - the early years


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