Special Issue on Biological Information and the Applications for Robot Control
Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Aoyama Gakuin University, 6-16-1 Chitosedai, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157, Japan
A biological body has many outstanding features that we cannot create. Current advanced technology must be used to measure and determine some of these features. For example, human hands have the feature that allows individual fingers to independently operate and the feature that combines multiple fingers to hold an object. A combination of both features enables advanced and complicated tasks to be performed. In addition, hands are multifunctional; and they feel warmth, coldness, pain, and material quality by touch. Currently, very few fingertip end-effectors for industrial robots and artificial hands for the handicapped have the above functions. Improvements in these functions are expected in various fields. To make artificial hands perform the same functions as human hands, it is necessary to analyze the human operations and functions. From this perspective, the editor planned the special issue of “Biomeasurement” and wishes to express his sincere thanks to many researchers for contributing papers.