BEAM is a type of robotics that stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics. BEAM robotics focus on simplicity and do not use any programming to accomplish their tasks. Many of the robots are either photophobic or phototropic and will react to their light source accordingly.
Twin-Engine Solar Roller
Zach DeBord and his amazing BEAM creations. A Chicago-based designer and Web developer who's done work for (among others) Comcast, Volvo and Yellow Tail (mmm...wine), Zach's bots put the "A" (as in "Aesthetics") back into BEAM, with gorgeous, meticulous designs that are as much objets d'art as autonomous robo-critters.