Walker (BEAM)

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In BEAM robotics, a walker is a walking machine that has a driven mode of locomotion by intermittent ground-contacting legs. They usually possess 1 to 12 (generally, three or less) motors. "Muscle wired" walkers utilizes Nitinol (nickel - titanium alloy) for its actuators.

BEAM walking robots contain Nv networks, which consist of NV neurons each of which is a very simple oscillator setup. The most common form of BEAM walker is the master slave Bicore, which uses two suspended Bicore arrangements.

A BEAM walker does not use a processor, nor is it programmed in any way—it walks and responds to terrain via resistive input from its motors. This is an extremely clever method for creating locomotion.

Variations[edit]

  • unimotor : Driven mode of locomotion via one motor.
  • bimotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 2 motors.
  • trimotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 3 motors.
  • quadramotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 4 motors.
  • pentamotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 5 motors.
  • hexamotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 6 motors.
  • septuamotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 7 motors.
  • octamotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 8 motors.
  • ennamotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 9 motors.
  • dekamotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 10 motors.
  • undecmotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 11 motors.
  • dodecamotor : Driven mode of locomotion via 12 motors.
  • Muscle wired : Utilizes Nitinol (nickel - titanium alloy) for its actuators.

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