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Glitch 0.0
Glitch 0.0
Shadowstalker
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Solar-vores are robots that use the sun's energy to move them. Their phototropic behavior allows them to seek out the brightest area.
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  One of the greatest contributions the BEAM community has offered the robot world are the photovores, more in particular the solar ones. These robots will collect the suns energy and then use it to move themselves toward the brightest areas. I began building them after gaining a greater understanding of all the solar engine circuits that are out there. Within three months I managed to produce three successful solarbots.
  Glitch was the first to be made and the first success. I had to trouble-shoot but the efforts paid off. After watching it come to life I couldn't believe how life-like it was, which is why I named it Glitch.
  Sunminer was the second successful solarvore. It builds up so much energy that it turns 90 degrees every step, a bit combersome.
       Shadowstalker is the third to be finished and the cleanest built as well. I used two ILEDs from an old mouse and used them as its eyes. I realized after soldering them in that light entered from behind them because of thier style. I painted a coat of white on the back of each ILED and had every intent on following that up with a coat of black. That would have prevented light from entering the back of the eyes yet still allow light in front to bounce back into the receptors. I never did that though so light still enters from behind.
       As a result Shadowstalker will race toward darker areas until it enters the shade. Then it will turn toward light and follow it until again it is exposed to light fully. It will do this and follow the shadows edge indefinitely. This is why it appears that it is following Glitch as is seen in the video.
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