What are BEAM Robots?

BEAM-robotsThe term BEAM is an acronym for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics and Mechanics. BEAM robotics was invented (and is patented) by Dr Mark W. Til den whilst he was a student at University in Canada.BEAM robots do not use computers or micro-controllers as brains they have ‘hard-wired’ electronic control systems. Generally they are much cheaper to build than computer controlled robots.

BEAM robots are modeled on biological life forms and they are generally solar-powered. BEAM robots can be very simple, single motor, ‘smuts’ or ‘trimmest’ that ‘twitch’ about, or they can be highly complex walking robots. BEAM robotics has a very wide following around the world and there are many websites devoted to it. Many of our BEAM robot kits can now also be purchased as fully assembled and tested robots.

Take a look at our range of BEAM robot kits below.

BEAM Robot Components:

If you want to design and build your own BEAM robots you’ll need components that are often hard to find. We’ve got a range of high quality components that have been tried and tested and they’re all available at very reasonable prices.

Capacitors

0.22 uF Monolithic Capacitor (10 pack) Pack of 10 0.22 uF Monolithic Capacitors suitable for Bicorn and Micro core experiments.
Price:
£1.85 (2, 89 Euro) (Excluding: VAT at 17.5%)

Resistors

2.2K Resistor (pack of 5) Pack of 5 2.2K Resistors as used in the construction of a solar engine.
Price:
£0.50 (0, 78 Euro) (Excluding: VAT at 17.5%)

Gear motor 2 – offset shaft This 224:1 gear motor is very comparable to a hobby servo for power, at a fraction of the cost!

This motor offers 50 in*oz of torque, rotating 360 degrees every 1.6 seconds (38 rpm – just a hair slower than a servo), at 5V, drawing 600mA at stall (free running at 52mA).

With a 7mm double-flat output shaft (avoid using the “D” output – it’s not meant to take rotational load), and a built-in clutch (limiting at 60 in*oz, but easily “locked”), and built-in mounting screw holes.

These units have an overall size of 55mm (2.17″) x 47mm (1.85″) x 22mm (0.87″) thick.

Based on the original design by Mark Tilden for use in the B.I.O.-Bugs, These motors are the next generation with a variety of improvements such as dual output shafts and a lower current motor.
Price:
£5.00 (7, 80 Euro) (Excluding: VAT at 17.5%)

Motors & Wheels

Pack of 3 Flashing LEDs (FLEDs) as used in FLED solar engine designs.
Each pack contains 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow FLED.
Price:
£2.95 (4,60 Euro) (Excluding: VAT at 17.5%)

Solar Cells

2422 Solar Cell A 24mm x 22 mm standard Sunceram solar cell which produces 3.5 volts (open circuit) @ 6mA (short circuit) in noon sunlight.

Price:
£2.95 (4, 60 Euro) (Excluding: VAT at 17.5%)

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