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21st Century Kinematics

21st Century Kinematics

The NSF Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics at the 2012 ASME IDETC Conference in Chicago, IL on August 11-12, 2012 consisted of a series of presentations and a book of supporting material prepared by the workshop contributors.

The book is now available at amazon.com: 21st Century Kinematics–The 2012 NSF Workshop.

And here are the seven primary presentations given at the workshop.

  1. Computer-Aided Invention of Mechanisms and Robots. J. Michael McCarthy, Professor, University of California, Irvine.
  2. Mechanism Synthesis for Modeling Human Movement. Vincenzo Parenti-Castelli, Professor, University of Bologna.
  3. Algebraic Geometry and Kinematic Synthesis. Manfred Husty, Professor, University of Innsbruck.
  4. Kinematic Synthesis of Compliant Mechanisms. Larry Howell, Professor, Brigham Young University.
  5. Kinematics and Numerical Algebraic Geometry. Charles Wampler, Technical Fellow, General Motors Research and Development.
  6. Kinematic Analysis of Cable Robotic Systems. Vijay Kumar, Professor, University of Pennsylvania.
  7. Protein Kinematics. Kazem Kazerounian, Professor, University of Connecticut.

Colleagues joined in with two additional presentations:

Many thanks to the contributors and the attendees for an outstanding workshop.

Update: The presentation links have been fixed.

Jansen and Klann Legs

Comparison of Klann and Jansen leg linkages

Joseph Klann provides a useful comparison of the leg designs for his Mondo Spider and Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest at the link: http://www.mechanicalspider.com/comparison.html

This link may be unreliable so here is an interesting article comparing the leg designs:  Mechanical Spider Using Klann Mechanism

This is a youtube video prepared by William Thielicke that illustrates the two leg mechanisms.

Mondo Spider

Mondo Spider walking machine

This walking machine known as the Mondo Spider.

 The leg of the mondo spider has the topology known as a Stephenson six-bar and is described in US Patent 6,260,862 awarded to Joseph Klann. Access it through the link:
http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=70YHAAAAEBAJ&dq=6,260,862

Wikipedia calls this the Klann linkage described here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klann_Linkage

 

Jansen Strandbeest

Theo Jansen’s walking machine

Theo Jansen builds amazing walking machines.
Each leg is an eight-bar linkage. The Wolfram Demonstration Project models this linkage in a Mathematica notebook. See the link:

http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/ATheoJansenWalkingLinkage/

 

 

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