‘SWEATING’ ROBOT CREATED
What did they do?
A team of researchers at the University of Tokyo have created Kengoro, a humanoid robot that ‘sweats’ to cool itself down when completing a workout consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups.
Why did they do that?
The robot is designed to have anatomically correct musculoskeletal structures closely resembling those of humans. However, the researchers initially had difficulty in preventing Kengoro’s complex machinery from overheating when performing complex actions. The solution was to punch a network of tiny holes in the robot’s frame and use it to carry water around the various structures. As the robot heats up, the water evaporates, cooling it down in much the same way as sweat cools down humans.
What could it be used for?
So far, Kengoro can perform around 100 different types of subtle movement – around a quarter of what a human is capable of, if you discount facial muscles. Even so, the research has many possible future applications, including the design of better crash dummies and more efficient prosthetics.