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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, May 16 2016 6:05 PM UTC +00:00

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Before we start id just like everyone to know that all profits that may come about from this project, Will be spent on shipping out free boards to educational places and maker-spaces around the UK. All financial information will be made public along with the names of the people who helped made it happen. I like too in the future ship the boards out for free with motors and battery packs,But I first require the capital made from selling my kits to get the ball rolling, I am hoping to get the price down to 100 kits costing around £250. Exposing as many people as I can to the field of basic electronics, soldering and simple robotics.

MY BLOG : http://beambuilder.blogspot.co.uk/

Hello there!. My name is Rickey and I would like to tell you about a robotics project which isn't only unique, it requires no programming and no sensors. My robots brain is based on a circuit designed by a guy named Mark Tilden, He is the inventor of a field of robotics called BEAM robotics and is also the designer of toys such as the Robosapian. Below shows a early prototype of the Robosapian, utilising three of these boards for walking.

My board is adapted from Marks work and the work of fellow robot hobbyist jwgoerlich, Who has used the boards on the robots displayed on this page. My board is very similar, but is designed to be more user friendly and a more viable version for mass retail. Four boards are shipped as one piece and are pre-cut so they can be easily separated.

Parts per board (Supplied in all kits, Times by four for each panel)

2N3906 Transistor x2  

2N3604 Transistor x4

47uf Capacitor x3  

100K Trimpot x1

1K Resistor x2  

2.2K Resistor x2  

4.7K Resistor x2  

1N4148 Diode x4

Red LED x1 , Yellow LED x1 , Green LED x1

So what does the board actually do?

Well as you can see in the first video, Two of these boards give the robot a unique haptic response. Using nothing more than motor load, The circuit will sense when contact is made with a obstacle and automatically change its direction. After a few seconds themotor will then return to the state it was in before it hit the obstacle.

In the second video, When the two arms are out of sync, the robot turns in place. This condition puts extra load on the motors. So after a few tumbles, one of the Abcores will senses that extra load and will then reverse. That arm will then fall back into sync. Moving the robot forward. Using two of these boards means the robot can go forward, back, left and right turn. All with no programming or with no sensors. 

You can also connect the boards up in a master-slave configuration to create awesome walking robots. These robots will want to seek a state where the least amount of load is put on the motors, which just happens to be when its moving.

Circuit Variations . 

Headbots. "Replace the two 4.7K internal resistors with CdS photoresistors for phototropic oscillations (ideal for headbots). No further electronics required.

Headbot "Solder the negitive leads of two IR diodes into L1 and L2, Then solder posirive leads to eachother.No further electronics required.

So if your still scratching your head, Don't worry about the jargon, The boards have been designed to be user friendly. All the components are through hole, easily soldered, the board is masked, covering the tracks on the board, meaning the only thing your solder is going to stick to is the well spaced pads and the component your trying to soldering in. All the components, values and there polarity are displayed right there on the board.

A simple tutorial will also be sent of the different things you can do with the boards. You can also experiment with different ways of connecting each module. These boards are for building interesting robots quickly and cheaply.

So what will I need that doesn't come with the kit?.

1) Soldering Iron (Why not check out if your school has one of these)

2) Solder

3) Plastic/wire to build robot body and legs.

4) Battery pack or solar panel - 3/5v

5) Motors, these boards are designed to work with DC motors, but work best with the geared variety shown below, these can be picked up from sites like aliexpress for as low as 80 pence a piece. Search for "TT Motor Smart Car Robot Gear Motor"

Risks and challenges

My main challenge if successful is setting up a postage account as it is new to me, I have already sent a email out to my local postage providers and have done research on delivery costs plus packaging material.

The project is ready for sale and is a product designed and sold myself.

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