Robot Evolution: The Development of Anthrobotics

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 11, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 423 pages
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Lavishly Illustrated, Comprehensive, Detailed, and Reader-Friendly--This is the Ultimate Robot Book! From newly discovered designs of Leonardo da Vinci to the pioneering nineteenth-century work of Nikola Tesla, and on to burgeoning anthropomorphic robots, "anthrobots," that are dextrous, communicative, and autonomous, Robot Evolution covers the length and ever-widening breadth of this new robotics field. Acknowledged robotics expert Mark Rosheim offers at once a fascinating look at more than 2,000 years of robot history, as well as a technical guide to their development, design, and component parts. This book explores the evolution and increasing complexity of robot designs and points out the advantages and disadvantages of various design approaches for robot arms, hands, wrists, and legs. By analyzing the kinematics of robot components in comparison to human limbs, Robot Evolution also introduces a powerful new design tool to measure and evaluate past, present, and new designs. This book features:
* Robot survey from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century
* Analysis of modern robots from 1950 to the present
* Comparative anatomy of human and robot joints
* Chapter-by-chapter analysis of robot arms, wrists, hands, and legs
* Evolution of sensors and artificial intelligence
* Development of mechanical men from man-amplifiers to amazing anthropomorphic robots--anthrobots!
  

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Contents

Robots Past
1
Robot Arms
37
Gantry Robot76
76
PUMA
89
Parallelogram Drivetrain Arms 102
102
The Space Crane 116
116
ABB IRB 1000129
129
FTS 142
142
Bipeds 1255
253
Dynamics
261
Power Systems 1275
275
Sonar281
281
Body Image
288
Compasses
292
Control 1305
305
Analytical Engines
318

Conclusion156
156
Wrists
157
Direct Drive Wrists 173
173
Wrist Dexterity
183
Hands
189
Legs
227
Fifth Generation Computers
331
The ManAmplifier
344
Green Man
359
Sarcos Figures
373
References
391
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Page iv - Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make Of hammered gold and gold enamelling To keep a drowsy Emperor awake; Or set upon a golden bough to sing To lords and ladies of Byzantium Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

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About the Author MARK E. ROSHEIM is President of Ross-Hime Designs, Inc., a Minneapolis-based robotics firm. Mr. Rosheim holds 14 patents for robot designs, more than any other American. His previous works include Robot Wrist Actuators, also available from Wiley.

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