Weekend Projects – BEAM Solar Chariots

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Weekend Projects – BEAM Solar Chariots

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BEAM is a type of robot design that allows you to create little robot/robot-like critters and vehicles mainly using basic analog components (resistors, transistors, capacitors, diodes, LEDs). The challenge is to try and get as much robot-like behavior as possible using these components. BEAM is an acronym for “Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics” and these four elements serve as inspiration in all BEAM design.

For these two projects, we’ll use what’s known as a “solar engine” (Type 1 “FLED” variety), some store-bought and scavenged electronics, and laser-cut and gold-leafed wheels to build some stylin’ little Solar Chariots. Let the build begin!

2 thoughts on “Weekend Projects – BEAM Solar Chariots

  1. Discovering the Future with Low-Tech Supplies, a Review of Robotics by Kathy Ceceri | MAKE says:

    […] not all Terminators and DARPA humanoids as is widely perceived. Sometimes a robot is just a solar panel and some capacitors, or even as simple as some switches and motors, or possibly even more fun-damental than […]

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