basically stands for:
Electronics Aesthetics Mechanics
This theory is put forward and patented by the robot guru, Mark
Tilden. You can have a look at the patent here.
"intelligent" robots, constructed of simple hardware at minimal
cost, move under solar power and can negotiate hostile environments
using only simple mechanics and an electronic core. These biomorphs
(biological morphology) have artificial nervous systems, which
produce appropriate adaptive walking gaits that allow these
robotic systems to interact with the external world. The biomorphs'
legs are equipped with explicit and implicit local sensors that
allow them to make highly abstract images of their immediate
environments. These autonomous mobile mechanisms have many potential
applications from environmental cleanup to space exploration."----
Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos,
New Mexico 87545
reason why BEAM has attracted so many of its followers is because
of its simplicity. One can build a robot without much knowledge
of electronics for as little as Rs50. Once you build a BEAM
robot, you don't have to look after it. It gets its energy from
the sun and gets around the obstacles using its sensors.Its
quite interesting to watch how a robot, build using very few
components, exhibits complex behaviors. The level of complexity
increases as you get more and more familiar with BEAM and build
more and more complex creatures.
Generally we assume that a robot should have certain principles
to live by:
1) It should be independent.
2) Its should find its own source of survival (food).
3) It should protect itself in any circumstances.
4) It should have a goal in life.
is similar to how Mother Nature has made all of us. What happens
when you have a dozen of them? Well, you have a robotic Jurassic
park! where each one fights for its own survival and the fittest
of them survives.
can have a look at my BEAM robots in the robots
more information on BEAM robotics, follow the links