Solarbotics.net is now Linux powered!
Courtesy of this great OS, you get fast and reliable web
service from a P3-700. This should bring a big step up in
reliability from the old Windows-based server (thanks Dave
Solarbotics.net is a BEAM
robotics community server, hosted (server hardware and bandwidth) in
a hands-off sort of way by Solarbotics,
Ltd. Material on this site falls into 5 categories (each has its
own convenient tab at the top of the page):
- Columns and
articles -- Solarbotics.net now hosts two (roughly-)
monthly columns -- one for BEAM
beginners, and one written by the esteemed Wilf Rigter. This part
of the site also hosts documents of BEAM
historical interest, a list of BEAM-oriented
books, tips for BEAMers,
and links to other reading material elsewhere.
- Discussion --
This area will eventually support a ported version of the current
Yahoo email discussion group. In the meantime, it provides an
easily searchable archive of postings to the group since November,
- BEAM Reference
Library -- A growing trove of BEAM
reference material, which has its own list of attractions:
- BEAM From the
Ground Up (the sequel) -- an on-line course in
- The BEAM
Bestiary -- a complete description and hyper-gallery of
all the types of BEAMbots
built to date.
- The EncycloBEAMia
-- custom-designed to clear up your vocabulary questions (sort
of a "hyperglossary"); also a topical index to the rest of the
Techniques -- tutorials on, and reviews of, various
techniques used in the creation of BEAMbots.
Pieces -- your guide to part selection and assembly
Circuits -- writeups on, and links to, a whole slew of
Datasheets -- look up all the details on electronic
parts of interest
Video -- interesting BEAM-related
PDFs -- lots of interesting articles on topics of
and robotics interest, all in convenient / cross-platform PDF
Links -- a collection of links to vendors' sites,
individuals' robot sites, tutorials, the works!
Authorship is open to all; if you'd like to write an article or
tutorial for inclusion in the library, send an email to
Along the lines of the Library of Alexandria, if you write an
article of BEAM
interest, Conan may just contact you in an attempt to include it
- Hosted sites --
Solarbotics.net provides free web hosting to people for their
projects, with no banner advertising, no pop-ups, pop-unders, SPAM
lists, or any other obtrusive advertising.
- Gallery --
Solarbotics.net now provides free file space for non-copyrighted
images or movies that folks may wish to share with fellow roboticists.
- Donate to the Solarbotics.net Server Fund. Help
keep power flowing to the server. Over 100GB of valuable resources are
distributed through this machine on a monthly basis.
This site is constantly being updated and added to, so make sure
to check out what's new.