Robot bot­tom tests seats

The Week - Junior - - That’s Unbelievable! -

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?

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