Bio-Bugs Press Release

NEW YORK – February 12, 2001 – The WowWee Toy division of Hasbro, Inc. today introduced the first toy line to incorporate advanced “nervous network” technology. New B.I.O. Bugs (Bio-mechanical Integrated Organisms), the hit of last month’s Hong Kong Toy Fair, are robotic bugs that can autonomously act by themselves, come and go as they please, identify friend or foe and have the ability to avoid or climb over obstacles in their path.

2001 Solar Cell Analysis Data – Direct Sunlight

At Solarbotics, we’ve been getting quite a few questions regarding the “real-world” performance of our solarcells. Although we do have the official Panasonic Sunceram datasheets, it is written in a quite technical manner and does not include practical design data.

Protel v2.8 Demo Disks

This is a very nice little demo package from Protel of a PCB layout program. It’s an older package (they don’t even have this on their website anymore), but works on any windows platform, unlike their current demo versions.

Circuit: L293D Mini-Sumo

This circuit is used to create a simple “edgebot” sumo robot. Being an edgebot refers that it will repeat the same backup/turn/go forward action when it’s single edge sensor detects the edge of the ring. This version of the circuit is quite simple, and always turns the same way.

Circuit: Shok

You want a simple Photovore? This very tidy design by Solarbotics’ own Grant McKee is based on a technique developed by Mark Tilden – Shok architecture.

Circuit: Stepper Motor

This is a neat little one-chip circuit we originally tuned for use with our “SM1” Stepper motors. We’ve presently sold out of the motor, but this circuit has proved to be a good unidirectional (1-way) driver for small stepper motors.

Circuit: Lightstorm

Some of you may have found the LightStorm Pummers that Mark Tilden has made using some neat looking plastics. We’ve built our own variation of the circuit, which is a dark-activated, quad-bicore pseudo-random chaos generated, dual pummer circuit.

Circuit: Herbie by Randy Sargent

Although not a true BEAM robot, this simple schematic by Randy Sargent is small, simple, slick, and effective. My own version uses a pair of pager motors and three cells from a 9V rechargeable battery. Hard to get any simpler than this device!

BEP Application: Servocore Walker

The following instructions detail how to build a Servocore walker. A Servocore walker differs from a regular walker by utilizing the internal electronics in unmodified servos, which give position feedback from the motor in the servo. This position feedback allows for very long stride lengths without the use of mechanical stops or springs.

BEP Application: Wilf Rigter Solar Power Smart Head

The following instructions detail how to build a Solar Power Smart Head version 3. The Head will seek light and when it finds the brightest source it will go into a low current standby mode. This version also comes with an low power FLED circuit to indicate when the head is active.