B.E.A.M.
BEAM is an acronym standing for :
Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics and Mechanics
Andy's Light-seeking Robots
Surplus Robot Kits

My original idea for a "Robot farm" is making hundred solar-bugs to swarm the place. But after 25 solar-bugs, my desk is getting extremely crowded. Now I'm offering my surplus parts and kit for sale. I do have brand-new extra parts enough for making  more solar-bugs as shown. If you are interested to obtain the kit, please e-mail me. They start at USD 6.65 and up. It's a very good deal to make a critter with less than 10 bucks.
As some of you may know, I like to buy everything in bulk. I guess I can share some of the parts so everyone can enjoy the lower cost. That is why I have so many " surplus " parts :-)

 

 

Final  update : Aug 16, 2009

Thanks to all who interested into BEAM for all these years. This is such a interesting and fun hobbies that I certainly enjoy it very much. And now, my eye-sight is getting worse and the “surplus” are getting very low, I think it is time to move on to something more exciting : such as changing diapers and teaching my son to ride a bike etc J

 

This is final sale and this is it. Thank you so much for your support.

 

All the 2433 solar panels are spoken for.

 

The “B” kit now comes with 3733 panel instead. Just power up faster J

 

Solar-bug #002B and #004B combo kit : combination of any 2 ( 2 kits of #002B or 2 kits of #004B or 1 kit of each 002B & 004B) USD 20, shipping included


 

 

 

Solar bug : Kit #002  Outdoor bugs
Using the regular Fled solar-engine, it moves toward sunlight. Included Panasonic 24*33mm solar panel and pager motors 
red/green eyes 

Solar bug : Kit #004 
Indoor bugs
Using  Ben Hitchcock's modified Fled solar-engine, it moves under your desk-lamp !! Included Panasonic 24*33mm solar panel and pager motors 
red/green eyes
Ray's Tutorial

Solar flashing beacon : 
Kit #005
Using Lee's idea, you can make a homing signal to find your way to your own Robot farm, after you turn off the light. 
With optional 1.5F supecaps, it will blink for hours after lights off 

Light Tracking Bicore-Head : 
Kit #006 
Using Lee's idea, the Bicore Head really tracks light here!! 

No longer available, sorry.

"Dark" Detector : 
Kit #007
By adding 3 more components, you can turn the solar-beacon kit#5 into this nocturnal blinker : "Dark" detector :-) 
With optional 1.5F supecaps, it will blink for hours after lights off 

Make a Joule Thief : Kit #008
With this circuit, you can drive the white led with  just one 1.5V battery !! 
ferrite ring, white led, 2N2904 and 1k ohms resistor
you do need your enamelled wire and used battery :-)
Can$1.35 set (or US$1 set)

"Night Torch, flashlight, nightlight" : Kit #009
This nightlight will stay on for hours. I tried to clock it but fell to sleep eventually :-)
Tutorial will be here soon.

 

 

Solar bug : Kit #001

No longer available, sorry.

Solar bug : Kit #003

No longer available, sorry.

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Robot parts


 

 

 

Part #001
Transistor : 2N3904 (NPN) 
perfect for most basic solar-engine designs. 

Part #002
Transistor : 2N3906 (PNP) 
perfect for most basic solar-engine designs. 

Part #003
Bicore chip : 74HCT240 from RCA
Octal buffer/line driver with tri-state outputs. Come with anti-static tubing. 

No longer available, sorry

Part #004
Hitachi 78L05 : 5V voltage regulator 
takes 5-30V input, and output a nice, steady 5V. Very useful for bot powered by 9V battery. 

Part #005
Monolithic capacitor : 0.22uF 
suitable for fred, bicore and most BEAM experiments 

Part #006
Tantalum capacitor : 0.22uF 
suitable for fred, bicore and most BEAM experiments, you name it !

Part #007
Panasonic IC 1381 J 
1381 Voltage Trigger 
1381-J (2.7V) 
same as Digikey Part # MN1381-J


Part #008
5mm Flashing LED, Blinking eyes are essential component for the FLED solar-engine. 
Red FLED 

Part #009
5mm Flashing LED, Blinking eyes are essential component for the FLED solar-engine. 
Green FLED 

Part #010
5mm NPN photo-transistor,  in deep-blue epoxy resin (daylight filter) 
perfect for Bicore light tracking head 

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Part #011
Electrolytic Capacitor 

No longer available, sorry.

Part #012
Pager motor : without the eccentric weight !! 1.3V, 7000rpm, 75mA 
Size : 6mm*20.6mm 
total weight 1.8g
comes with holder 

Part #013
Panasonic 2422 Solar panel 

No longer available, sorry.

Part #014
Panasonic 2433 Solar panel pumps 3.45 volts and 17.5mA, an excellent upgrade 
size: 24mm*33mm, 0.7mm thick


Part #015
Panasonic 3733 Solar panel pumps 5.5 volts and 15.5mA, an excellent upgrade 
size: 37mm*33mm



Part #016
Panasonic 3766 Solar panel pumps 5.5 volts and 33mA, an excellent upgrade 
size: 37mm*66mm 



Part #017 solar panel Superpack A

No longer available, sorry.

Part #018 solar panel Superpack B
not available

Part #019
0.047F, 5.5V Gold Caps from NEC
size : L7.5mm*D13.5mm 
weight only 2.32g 

Part #020
Copal Geared Motor from Japan 

No longer available, sorry.

 

 

 

Part #021
2200uF 10V Miniature Electrolytic Capacitor 
General Purpose low voltage 85C 
Operating Temperature Range: -40C to +85C 
size : L18mm*D10mm 
weight 2.35g 

Part #022
Resistors  : 1/4 watt, 5% accuracy 
Resistors of : 
27, 33, 75 ohms, 
1K, 2.2K, 3.3K, 4.7K ohms, 
22K, 30K, 33K, 47K, 100K, 680K Ohms, 
1M, 2.2M, 3.3M Ohms to choose from. 10 resistors per pack 

Part #023
NiCd battery 3.6V

No longer available, sorry.

Part #024
0.047F, 5.5V SD series Gold Caps from Panasonic
size : H5.5mm*D10.5mm
weight only 1.34g 
Half the size and weight of the NEC 0.047F Gold caps !! same as Digikey Part No. P10786-ND
All gone

Part #025
1.5F, 2.75V Aerogel Supercapacitor from Powerstor
size : H30mm*D10mm 
weight only 3.63 g 
same as  Allied Electronics Stock #: 651-0106


Part #026

5mm Ultra White LED 
4000 mcd @ 3.6V, 20mA 


Part #027
Namiki Geared Motor from Japan 
No longer available, sorry.

Part #028
Namiki Geared Motor from Japan 
No longer available, sorry.

Part #029
ferrite ring for making white led torch :-)
outer diameter : 9mm
inner diameter : 5mm
height : 4.5mm
weight : 1.227g


with 12mm cut & bent pc leads

Part #030
1.5F, 2.75V Aerogel Supercapacitor from Powerstor
size : H30mm*D10mm 
with 12mm cut & bent pc leads
All gone

 

 

Part #031
No longer available, sorry.

 

 


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