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Department
Kinesiology
Course
KIN 297G
Professor
Caldwell Graham
Semester
Spring

Description
Robot • an electro­mechanical system which by its appearance or movements, conveys a  sense that it helps intact or agency of its own • a device that automatically performs complicated, repetitive task.  Biorobotics (combo of robots and biology) • the field of study that deals with o making robots that emulate or simulate living biological organisms o incorporating robotic elements and a biological organism o incorporating biological organism as components of a robot 1 Cyborg • short for cybernetic organism that has both artificial and natural components • best known cyborgs are fictional o Bog (Star Trek) o Bionic Woman o Robocop • Real cyborgs: represent an attempt t restore lost function o Cochlea implants o “intelligent” prosthetic limbs Relevance to Kinesiology • Robotic exoskeleton (human is endoskeleton) o “external” skeleton to support o restoration of lost function o augmentation of normal function • Intelligent prosthetics o Function the same as missing body part • Human like robots o Mimic some aspects of human structure or function o Biologically­inspired aspects of design • Can building and studying robots help us better understand human movement Relevance to Kin 297G • Problem facing those who builds robots are consistent with neuromechanics • They must be able to expect in both mechanic and control • How would you build a robot that could ride a bike> Two important questions to keep in mind • What makes it go? o Where does it get its power? (video: battery pack in it’s back)  o How economical/ efficient is it? • How is it controlled? o Is control active, passive, or both? o How computationally demanding? o Is the control algori
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