Summary and Info
Introduction to Biomechatronics provides fundamental knowledge of mechanical and electronic (mechatronic) components and systems and their interaction with human biology to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease. The first half of the book provides the engineering background to understand all the components of a biomechatronic system: the human subject, stimulus or actuation, transducers and sensors, signal conditioning elements, recording and display, and feedback elements. It also includes the major functional systems of the body to which biomechatronics can be applied including: Biochemical; Nervous; Cardiovascular; Respiratory; Musculoskeletal. The second half discusses five broadly based devices from a historical perspective and supported by the relevant technical detail and engineering analysis. These devices include: Hearing Prostheses; Sensory Substitution; Visual Prostheses; Artificial Hearts; Respiratory Aids; Artificial Limbs. Introduction to Biomechatronics provides readers with the fundamental engineering (biomedical, mechanical, electronic) background to analyze and design biomechatronic devices and will inspire greater designs by discussing successful inventions that have done the most to improve our lives.