This project is for advanced students.This is one of the coolest applications of renewable energy to come about in recent years. BEAM stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics. It basically refers to a class of robots that instead of having complicated brains, rely on nervous-system type of sensors to interact with their world.

Some BEAM robots skitter, dance, flash, jump, roll, or walk, and most are solar powered. The result is a fast responding robot made of old cell phone parts that can fit inside your hand. We’ll be making a few different types so you can get a good handle on this type of programming-free, battery-free robotics.

You’ll need to get the Trimet Kit from Solarbotics. It has everything you need except the tools for the job (soldering iron, pliers, wire strippers, razor) and paperclips.

Here’s what you do:

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3 Responses to “BEAM Robot: Trimet”

  1. Carey Clark says:

    I’m in china and that makes it just a little hard to buy the set, I have a place were I can buy the parts but when I went to the website it was not very clear on what to get, if you tell me what I need for the cassette pieces that would be great.