In it's most basic, robotics is the construction of electronics in an effort to mimic human beings. And because there's a ton of different opinions on how humans work, naturally, there's different opinions on how robotics should work.
BEAM robotics starts with simpler machines, and are built up. By building simple to complex, these robotics tend to be cleaner in design, and less expensive. First, for more details, see Solarbotics.net, an info site on BEAM robotics sponsored by Solarbotics, a company selling them.
It's definitely an interesting approach, definitely not the standard "build the software and attach to the hardware" approach.Posted by Ted Stevko at May 11, 2005 12:26 AM