The BEAM robotic concept is the brain child of Mark W. Tilden, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico USA. Since its inception, it has grown to become a significant branch of robotics, particularly (but not limited to) hobbyists. BEAM is an triple acronym, standing for: Biology Electronics Aesthetics Mechanics, Building Evolution Anarchy Modularity, and Biotechnology Ethnology Analogy Morphology These acronyms indicate the major themes of BEAM robotics.