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Androids: application of EAP as artificial muscles to entertainment industry
Author(s): David F. Hanson; Giovanni Pioggia; Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Danilo De Rossi
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Paper Abstract

The classic movie Metropolis (1926), which is nowadays considered a cinema milestone, has shown the possibility to build robots called androids that are science and fiction run together to realize a dream: the human-like robot. In that movie, Dr. Rotwang transforms a simple and cold calculating robot into the body of a beautiful woman. Robots have often been depicted as metal creatures with cold steel bodies, but there is no reason why metals should be the only kind of material for construction of robots. The authors examined the issues related to applying electroactive polymers materials (EAP) to the entertainment industry. EAP are offering attractive characteristics with the potential to produce more realistic models of living creatures at significantly lower cost. This paper seeks to elucidate how EAP might infiltrate and ultimately revolutionize entertainment, showing some applicative examples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4329, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices, (16 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.432689
Show Author Affiliations
David F. Hanson, Walt Disney Imagineering (United States)
Giovanni Pioggia, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Danilo De Rossi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4329:
Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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