Robot bottom tests seats
Before products are sold to the public, they are tested to ensure they are safe and made to the highest quality. This even includes the seats in cars. At Ford, it’s not a human in charge of discovering whether the seats are comfortable enough, though. The car manufacturer uses a robotic bottom, nicknamed Robutt, to sit on every single seat the company makes. Robutt is a stuffed torso attached to the end of a robotic arm. By constantly getting up and down, Robutt is able to imitate the effect of 10 years’ worth of sitting in just three weeks. Even phone makers, such as Samsung and LG, use robotic bottoms to test if their devices could withstand being sat on without bending. What do you think? Has Ford really employed a robotic bum to test its seats or have our stories hit rock bottom?*
Is there such a thing as a robot bottom?