A Robot That Sweats?

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The future may hold robots walking down the streets just like you and me, grabbing a coffee, walking into work, and even hitting the gym and breakin' a sweat.

Yuki Asano and colleagues from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo created two humanoid robots that mimic human parts and movements.

According to the researchers, Kenshiro and Kengoro are the most anatomically correct robots to date with a skeleton, muscles, and even a kind of nervous system. The researchers created Kenshiro and Kengoro to better understand how the human body moves,

They have been working on the project since 2011 beginning with Kenshiro. The humanoids have working limbs, a rib cage, abdominal, a spine and toes that help them to stand up right.

Kengoro is the most advanced humanoid of the two. He is 167 cm tall and weights 56.5 kg and has been in development since 2015. He can do push-ups, pull-ups, back bends, chin ups and even sweats to a certain extent releasing heat from physical activity via tiny holes in his aluminum exoskeleton.

“A sponge-like metal material, created using a 3-D printer, is used in part of the skeletal structure,” Asano told The Japan Times in an email. “We have designed a cooling system that makes water seep through the material and evaporate.”

The aluminum bodies  are more flexible than previous humanoids because of a multi-jointed spine and muscles carefully weaved together by motors, mechanical parts, and wire sensors.

This more realistic depiction of humans by robots could be greatly beneficial to humanity in many ways such as testing how a body is affected by accident or trauma, understanding how to best train an athlete, and researching more about the inter-workings of the human body for field like physical therapy and medicine.

If you see Kengoro in the gym, be ready.

He's a beast.


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