Wow, now this is an extremely special moment — our tensegrity robots have just appeared in a new book “Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life” by Graham Scarr. The book answers the question ‘What is biotensegrity?'; and reasons that all natural forms are the result of interactions between natural physical forces and the fundamental laws that regulate them. This fits will with our approach to robotics which is to start by understanding how the forces of environmental interaction move through the structure of the robot, and how all the sensors and actuators are focused on controlling those forces in order to created desired motion. This focus on forces is what led us to tensegrity structures, and this book shows why biology also organizes around these basic principles. After some basics, it dives into cell biology and how tensegrity plays a role there, and in other higher level aspects of physiology too. This book is *rich* in citations to all the underlying science papers that support the many new ideas presented here, so it is a great resource and overview that can be used as a starting point for deeper research. It is also a fascinating and well worth reading end-to-end, and best of all, I think it is the first published book to include our research! hurray!
- Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life
- Popular Science and the Daily Planet
- Synaptic Motion
- Tensegrity Team Photo
- Open Source Tensegrity Simulator Released!
- Talking about Intelligence at the SETI Institute
- Presenting Tensegrity Research at NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium
- Two Papers accepted to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2014
- Tensegrity Robotics Goes Viral
- 100K Page Views!
- Refactoring Space Exploration with Soft Machines
- Tensegrity Robots for Space Exploration!
- Presentation on Tensegrity Robots for Planetary Exploration
- Tensegrity Snake Robot
- Robotics and Yoga Workshop
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My Favorite Ergonomic Equipment
Based on my understanding of human physiology and motion, here are some quick reviews on my favorite ergonomic tools. These are the ones I use at home and at work. I will add more in-depth posts discussing the alignment theory as I get them written.
FitBall Sitting Disc
Sitting Discs are a great way to train for Active Sitting. By destabilizing the surface you are sitting on, they engage your core muscles and keep you in dynamic motion while your body actively balances on the disk. I recommend the larger 15" disc. In Depth Review
Salli Saddle Stool
The Salli saddle stools are one of the best stools for Active Sitting. They hold your pelvis upright, so that your spine can be well aligned with gravity, while also allowing your knees to be lower than your hips to keep your hamstrings and hip-flexors from shortening. Actively sitting takes effort, so increase your time in the saddle slowly.
3M Ergonomic Mouse
The vertical design keeps the arm in a well aligned neutral "handshake" position that prevents the shoulder from rolling forward. By keeping your shoulders back and the scapula flat on your back you avoid many of the common sources of wrist pain. This is the biggest bang for your buck if you are having wrist pain. It comes in small and large sizes (small is linked below). Sadly, I have only seen it for right hands.
Like the 3M mouse above, this keyboard allows you to have your hands in a more neutral vertical position which reduces many of the problems associated with wrist and shoulder pain. It also allows you to spread the key pads to be at shoulder width so that you don't have to twist your wrist like on a straight keyboard.
A sit stand desks allows you to dance while working! It also allows you change between a variety of different sitting options and standing so that you don't get stuck in one position. The best option that I have found is from GeekDesk.com. I have two from them and they are the cheapest and have held up well. You can save even more money by buying just the base frame from GeekDesk and getting the table top from Ikea. You save on price and shipping is significantly less this way.
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