Renovations for the 21st Century
Although we are attempting to recreate the basic structure of Da Vinci's original robot, we are designing it for the 21st century. The new technology includes vision, speech recognition and voice command, computer-integrated movements, and a more advanced body structure. Our design will simulate Da Vinci's pulley and gear systems (pictured at right).
We envision a robot that will have a mobile neck and the ability to track moving objects with it's "eyes." The robot will have two modes, one that will respond to computer commands and another to speech commands. Muscle modeling will be used to imitate natural human movements. The pulleys and gears of Da Vinci's original robot will be used along with the muscle models to mimic the functions of human anatomy.
New this week...
Students are currently working on finalizing the design of the ophthalmotrope. Refer to the "Future Improvement Plans" link!
Take a look at the final design link to see the new model and read our final paper!
Check out these interactive links to learn more about eye movement: