INTERFACING ARTIFICIAL AUTONOMICS, TOUCH TRANSDUCERS AND INSTINCT INTO REHABILITATION ROBOTICS.

John Adrian Siegel, Victoria Croasdell;
Mercury Research Institute of Science, Art & Robotics. Byron, Michigan. USA

Abstract

The examples included are on going experiments in rehabilitation robotics, that relate to the integration of artificial external nervous systems, simple electronic brains, robotics and human interface. Each experiment is founded on the following basis: Each person regardless of the severity of paralysis or amputation has certain reactionary points such as eyebrow movement. They also have applicable sensory points which can be acted upon. Through adaptation, the reactionary points can be given a code which can control many functions or modes (a series of automatic functions) or provide accurate sensory feedback. Robotics can thereby return voluntary actions. It can also add the equivalent of artificial instinct which can provide automatic safety attributes. Modes can combine with the voluntary and instinctive attributes, to provide automatic features such as balancing a glass of water while constantly monitoring and obeying new commands, and surveying the surroundings. I have successfully tested the above methods.
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