Let’s Make Robots user adam “MiddleCreekMerchants” claflin built this Caterpillar BEAM bot, which manages to crawl along the ground and follow light without the need for a microcontroller. I’ve seen many different kinds of Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics (BEAM) robots before, but this multi-segmented version seems especially fascinating.
- Early BEAM video footage
- BEAM turns 20
- How-To: Build a BEAM solarroller
- Mark Tilden’s workshop with a view
In the Maker Shed:
The SolarSpeeder was designed with ideas gathered from many years of Solarroller racing at the BEAM Robot games. You only need a soldering iron and basic hand tools to turn this high-quality coreless DC motor, lightweight body, and tweaked electronics into your own solar speed-demon.