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BEAM Robotics: A Lost Art

Hello again, everyone! Long time no see! So I've recently realized that I have a growing love for BEAM robotics and a great sadness that technology has marched on without it. I was just wondering about the following: 1. Did BEAM robotics fall out of fashion because (for many) it's much easier to program a microcontroller/computer than to build and debug analog circuits? I feel the same, but with neuromorphic chips on the rise, BEAM robotics and neuromorphic chips are still things I'd like to experiment with in the future. 2.
Rolls randomly when charged, protected by shell.
This is an adjustment I made to a solarspeeder so it can navigate rough surfaces, change direction if it hits a wall and is less likely to fall down a crevice. It … Read more
My 'little' robot bee lacks the power of flight but makes up for that with its 350 volt stinger! I built this little bug bot one day out of a few switches, two … Read more

Basic 74AC240 Bicore

I wanted to upgrade him with a solar engine, and I decided on the FRED solar engine.  Originally, I was going to build the FLED solar engine, but it is so inefficent it drove my perfectionist side insane.  Sooooo, I ended up spending half an hour getting this circuit to work, and I suceeded in getting it to pulse in direct sunlight and under an incandescent desk lamp.  The FLED couldn't even pulse with the light bulb literally on top of the solar cell!

I included a video of it pulsing wherever videos I embed in my posts go/are.

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Driving a motor with solar cells (without a solar engine)

What I want to do is this: I have a basic bicore hooked up to a vibration motor.  He kind of flops around, but it isn't totally random.  Anyway, I was wondering how I could power him with some solar cells that I have without using a solar engine.  If that's possible, I would really like to hear some ideas.

A long, long time ago, I went to Maker Faire NYC. To be precise, 4 months ago in September. While at Maker Faire, I bought a Spurtbot kit from ignoblegnome, and I … Read more

Miller engine .... but it dose work

Ok it looks a mess but it dose Work .... So why am i posting this .... couple of reasons ... first off its my first proper working circuit and i have a few questions about it.

As i have  very little to work with im delighted to get this to work (hopefully that will be changing shortly .... just have to get paypal sorted with my bank and ready to order a few bits and pieces.)

Beam photovore problem

Ok so I made this beam photovore robot using an online tutorial (google: rays beam robots) and after I completed it only one motor moves. Watch my video below.
This is my first Pummer I have successfully build and I am pleased with the work. It is a simple two LED pummer. Took me nearly 10 hours to complete due to the fact … Read more

stop a capacitor charging when full

i a ma a complete beginner and i am reading a book about beam bots (mostly) and i had an idea for a beam bot which probably wont work and i might not build but i decided to try and draw a schematic anyway. the idea is it goes towards light and when there is lot of light it starts to charge a very large capacitor before going back to following light. when it detects vibration(can you get vibration sensors?) it uses the power from the large capacitor  to run until there is a lot less light ( ie it is under something) and stay until the vibration has gone.

This robot is a free formed robot that I made, its like my symet but better. It uses a simple analog circuit that stores up electricity until there's enough to make … Read more
This robot uses a beam styled solar engine. It stores up electricity in the three capacitors until it has enough to twitch and move. Hope you like it. Read more
Move and bump into things
Hello! This is my second, quick maded robot. I got parts from old toys and matchbox (;D) It's a vibrobot using 9v, big power for small motor. It has some kind of … Read more
Crawls towards the brightest light source
Bored one Saturday, waiting on components for a new Motor Driver for the MicroCore - I decided to 'hack' together a clone/version of Wilf Rigter's uCrawler. I say … Read more
Photovore - Light seeking solar powered
  Introducing Medibot2, this is infact the same bot that I introduced a fews years back as MeditBOt1.Back then he was housed in an empty pill bottle. Now after a … Read more
Robots of technical garbage! Assemble your robot from improvised stuff, broke TV sets, DVD, printers, and so. Fantasy sdes limitless. The robot can even just to blink, or move without thinking.

Detecting laser beams?

Using an Arduino, I guess I would modulate (PWM) the laser module and have the photocell light sensor pick up the frequency. Would this work?

 

BEAM robotics

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This little bot loves to "jitter" around and hide behind teeny tiny objects! I constructed it to sell on etsy.com and I also enjoy building robots. All the parts … Read more
OK, we dig bristle bots, and got a set of HexBugs as a gift. They're a blast. Now, since building the SHR, we view all things as potential robot bodies. At Target, … Read more
turns occasionally
I'm still playing as I learn the basics. The great news is that I have passed on my interest to a third grade student! He is now pestering his mom for permission … Read more
Hello respected! Wanted will share with you our "project". (Excuse for transfer, I translate from Russian) 1.   Read more
Hi guys! I am working on the Symet project from "Junkbots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels". He's my first attempt at BEAM robotics, and the first robot I've actually … Read more