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Biomimetics and OrthoticsDerek Jones PhD., MBAA Bridge To New Insight And Inspiration
Bio-inspiredengineering Be-inspired engineering
Its Fashionable..but is it just hype
Wananga“School of life”✤   the Sky is the Roof✤   the Earth is the Floor✤   all Life Forms are Teachers
A pattern toencircle, envelopand crush..A Metaphor to Solve a Problem          Encircle it.    Look at it from different  ...
What are you trying to achieve?Keep focused on the goal
Orthosis - added to the bodyStart with the fundamentals - What is the problem?
Static StructuresProgress through new materials and methods
New HorizonsTechnologies that behave like muscle, control methodologies that exploit principles of biologicalmovement - de...
Dynamic StructureActuated AFO                                                                      1) Thermoplastic AFO   ...
Some process steps✤   Identify the limitations of current functionality✤   Formulate the gaps as biological questions - Ho...
Orthoses are addedand yet ..involve a cost•Control Motion at a Joint or Joints - Allowing, Resisting, Blocking•Control Pos...
How nature meets challenges       Control Motion at a joint?   Control Positions of body segments ?    Redirect Forces fro...
Thin walled,                                                   dense outer                             Animal Quills      ...
Now you have yourgreat concept!But you still havea long way to go..
The pioneer’sproblemThose who go first just might getopposition from the natives
Lead with Business Strategy -      Support with DesignAs businesses adapt to meet new market needs and   opportunities, st...
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Symposium presentation on Biomimetics applied to orthotics delivered by Derek Jones as an invited speaker at the ISPO World Congress, Leipzig, Germany 2010

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Biomimicry orthotics ispo 2010

  1. 1. Biomimetics and OrthoticsDerek Jones PhD., MBAA Bridge To New Insight And Inspiration
  2. 2. Bio-inspiredengineering Be-inspired engineering
  3. 3. Its Fashionable..but is it just hype
  4. 4. Wananga“School of life”✤ the Sky is the Roof✤ the Earth is the Floor✤ all Life Forms are Teachers
  5. 5. A pattern toencircle, envelopand crush..A Metaphor to Solve a Problem Encircle it. Look at it from different directions.View from different perspectives. Upside down - Back to front. Zoom in - Zoom out. Watch a Solution Grow!
  6. 6. What are you trying to achieve?Keep focused on the goal
  7. 7. Orthosis - added to the bodyStart with the fundamentals - What is the problem?
  8. 8. Static StructuresProgress through new materials and methods
  9. 9. New HorizonsTechnologies that behave like muscle, control methodologies that exploit principles of biologicalmovement - device structures like the skeleton
  10. 10. Dynamic StructureActuated AFO 1) Thermoplastic AFO 2) Series-elastic actuator 3) Angle sensor 4) Capacitive force sensorsFrom Herr, Whitely And Childress -“Cyborg Technology - Biomimetic Orthotic And Prosthetic Technology”
  11. 11. Some process steps✤ Identify the limitations of current functionality✤ Formulate the gaps as biological questions - How in the World?✤ Search for nature’s solution - Taxonomy✤ Generate some product ideas ✤ unique? ✤ cost-effective? ✤ sustainable?
  12. 12. Orthoses are addedand yet ..involve a cost•Control Motion at a Joint or Joints - Allowing, Resisting, Blocking•Control Positions of Body Segments - Correcting and Aligning•Redirect Forces from Body Tissue - Relieving, Sharing Load Cost - Cosmesis, Comfort,Encumbrance, Weight, Ease of Use
  13. 13. How nature meets challenges Control Motion at a joint? Control Positions of body segments ? Redirect Forces from body tissue? www.asknature.org
  14. 14. Thin walled, dense outer Animal Quills shell Low density, cellular corePrevent BucklingAxial and bending loads? Grasping Pea Stems tendrilsCan we control jointpositions under loadwithout overt constraint? Laminated Western Pacific Skeletal hexactinellid sponge elements Exploring Strategy
  15. 15. Now you have yourgreat concept!But you still havea long way to go..
  16. 16. The pioneer’sproblemThose who go first just might getopposition from the natives
  17. 17. Lead with Business Strategy - Support with DesignAs businesses adapt to meet new market needs and opportunities, strategy must lead, design must contribute. Designers must think like business people and create like artists

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