• 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
• short for cybernetic organism that has both artificial and natural components
• best known cyborgs are fictional
o Bog (Star Trek)
o Bionic Woman
• 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