BEAM is a school of robotics, originally the brainchild of Dr. Mark W. Tilden, formerly a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. BEAM robots are cheap, simple, and can be built with basic skills in a matter of hours.
|BEAM is an acronym standing for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics:|
|*||Biology||It's tough to beat 4 billion years of evolution; the world around us is a wonderful source of inspiration.|
|*||Electronics||BEAM robotics, strives for rich behaviours from simple circuits.|
|*||Aesthetics||This just means your creations should look good.|
|*||Mechanics||A clever mechanical design, can reduce the complexity of the rest of the robot.|
|BEAM robotics basically starts from 3 philosophical tenets:|
|*||Use minimalist electronics|
|*||Recycle & reuse components out of technoscrap|
|*||Solar power your critter if possible|
While BEAM robots are often simple (consisting of a solar cell , motor, 2 transistors , and capacitor ), robots as complicated as 8-jointed, 4-legged walking spiders have been built using the principles of BEAM.
Based in Canada, Solarbotics offers robot kits, parts and information on the expanding field of BEAM Robotics.
Solarbotics.net is a BEAM robotics community server, were people have posted lots of BEAM info.
Designs for true "Photovores", powered by light. A range of robots with lots of details: SunEater, Happy Robot, Son of Photovore etc.
|Junkbots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels -
building simple robots with BEAM technology
Dave Hrynkiw, Mark W. Tilden