BEAM Robots (Section 2)
Day/Time: Sunday, April 23 10:30 AM (90 minutes)
Location: Workshop PavilionWe will explore the world of BEAM robots with more than 25 robots on display.
Here's what we'll cover:
- What are the general conceptions of robots (being mostly mass-media influenced)
- Why robots can be much simpler than these concepts (and more accessible)
- What the difference is between microprocessor-based and analog-based robots (differences in technology), using examples.
- Explain the essentials of layered behaviors in robotics (using Braitenberg "Vehicles" references, which are thought-experiments)
- What are the design guidelines of BEAM, and how they directly relate to the successful construction of a robot (breaking down the acronym)
- What useful parts can we immediately utilize, and where else we can gather resources (aka: Dumpster-diving 101)
- Hands-on examination of the robots I've brought, showing how the design philosophy was implemented, and where parts were utilized
This workshop is also being held on Saturday at 10:30 AM.
Related site: http://www.solarbotics.com/
As a youngster, Dave tormented his siblings by often deconstructing their toys. This eventually led to one sibling sending him an article about a roboticist (Mark Tilden) that built robots out of junk. 15 years later, Dave is the President of Solarbotics Ltd., a company dedicated to the principles of "appropriate technology" for building cool and effective robots, often using of junk and solar energy.