Context : OnRobots
BEAM is an acronym standing for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics:
- Biology – It's tough to beat 4 billion years of evolution; the world around us is a wonderful source of inspiration and education. Bear in mind, of course, that unlike Mother Nature, you also have the advantage of gears, motors, bearings, and good glues!
**Electronics – It kind of goes without saying, but this is what we'll use to drive our creations. BEAM robotics, though, strives for rich behaviors from simple circuits. Here's the key: simple and understandable circuits, surprisingly complex in behavior.*
**Aesthetics – This just means your creations should look good. I'm an engineer, but even I appreciate a good-looking design. Besides, if a design looks "clean," it's more likely to work (and easier to test / debug) than a design that's tangled and unruly.*
**Mechanics – This is the less-than-obvious secret of many successful BEAMbots – with a clever mechanical design, you can reduce the complexity of the rest of your robot (reducing the number of motors and sensors, for example).*