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Human-like robots as platforms for electroactive polymers (EAP)

Bar-Cohen, Yoseph (2008) Human-like robots as platforms for electroactive polymers (EAP). In: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008. Proceedings of SPIE. No.6927. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 692703. ISBN 9780819471130.

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Human-like robots, which have been a science fiction for many years, are increasingly becoming an engineering reality thanks to many technology advances in recent years. Humans have always sought to imitate the human appearance, functions and intelligence and as the capability progresses they may become our household appliance or even companion. Biomimetic technologies are increasingly becoming common tools to support the development of such robots. As artificial muscles, electroactive polymers (EAP) are offering important actuation capability for making such machines lifelike. The current limitations of EAP are hampering the possibilities that can be adapted in such robots but progress is continually being made. As opposed to other human made machines and devices, this technology raises various questions and concerns that need to be addressed. These include the need to prevent accidents, deliberate harm, or their use in crimes. In this paper the state-of-the-art and the challenges will be reviewed.

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Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Some of the research reported in this manuscript was conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The author would like to thank David Hanson, Hanson Robotics, Inc., for his technical suggestions, and to Adi Marom, Graphics Artist, for her futuristic illustration.
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Subject Keywords:Biomimetics, biologically inspired technologies, robotics, EAP, electroactive polymers
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Issue or Number:6927
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Official Citation:Yoseph Bar-Cohen, "Humanlike robots as platforms for Electroactive Polymers (EAP)," Proc. SPIE 6927, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008, 692703 (29 April 2008)
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