Prosthesis: the anti-robot
Prosthesis is an independent art project by Jonathan Tippett, Vancouver based artist and engineer, and co-creator of The Mondo Spider. The purpose of the piece is to reunite humans with machines through the age old pursuit of physical mastery. As we become increasingly alienated from our machines and the relentless march of automation threatens the quality of the human experience, the only thing that might save us is Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot.
Prosthesis is a high-performance four-limbed wearable walking machine employing state-of-the-art engineering and technology. Despite this high level of technology, it has no autonomous control system. The pilot must learn to control the machine via an exo-skeletal interface which maps the movement of his limbs to the limbs of the machine, and physically returns positional feedback.
The suspension incorporates both passive and active elements, allowing the pilot to optimize performance and stability on the fly, as he tackles varying terrain and explores different gaits and styles of operation. A cutting-edge, 200hp modular, expandable, hybrid-electric power unit drives the electric motors that operate the hydraulic pumps. This system will serve as a platform for showcasing existing and future alternative energy technologies.
The Prosthesis project is made possible by the efforts of countless individuals and groups, who have donated their time and expertise to its development and creation. Also critical to its success is a select group of sponsors from industry and education who have donated materials, space, and support to ensure the project can be seen through to completion. Prosthesis is rooted in the Vancouver area, but the project extends well beyond its borders. Below are some of the key supporters of the project.
If you would like to learn more about the people and organizations making Prosthesis happen, or to become a supporter yourself, please visit the Team and sponsors page page for more details.