a1 Department of Engineering, Lancaster University, Lancaster LAI 4YR (UK)
This paper investigates the feasibility of constructing a humanoid robot using existing technology. Firstly, the adoption of the humanoid form is justified. The structure, strength and power capabilities of a human are analysed in engineering terms, and taken to represent the requirements specification for a humanoid robot. Technological alternatives to the biological components are reviewed and compared to this specification. The feasibility of matching human performance is considered, and it is concluded that the necessary power and energy requirements can be fitted within the mass and volume of the human body.
(Received November 23 1995)