The researchers have developed a temperature-sensitive robot they call ANDI and say it can sweat profusely when it’s hot outside to cool off, just like humans.
The researchers also said that ANDI “breathes heavily” even when exposed to temperature-related stress.
And with its unusual appearance, the robot serves a very real purpose. As global temperatures rise, hot concrete metropolitan areas aren’t exactly helping matters.
Researchers at Arizona State University are using a custom-made version of a sweaty robot to measure the effects of extreme temperatures on the human body.
“You may not want to do many of these (tests) on a real person. It’s unethical and can be dangerous,” Conrad Rekajewski, a professor of mechanical engineering at Arizona State University and principal investigator on the project, told a local newspaper. Republic of Arizona. Rykaevsky added that what he considers today’s “heat peak” “may be the average day in 20 years.”
While similar models have previously been used in temperature-controlled labs, the ASU-owned robot is the first to feature an “internal cooling system” that allows it to be used and tested outdoors.
The researchers explained that the ANDI will only be used to measure how poor people’s living and health conditions are associated with extreme temperatures. The researchers hope to find new ways to reduce heat with the help of a robot.
“Maybe you should spend an extra 15 minutes in the shade,” Rykaevski told The Arizona Republic. “Or maybe we should spray you with water for 20 minutes. Maybe it’s because of certain clothes.”
“The idea is to look at everything that can help us if we need to be outside or we want to enjoy being outside,” he added.
The researchers also hope that ANDI, which also has human-like internal “organs,” will provide more information on reported heat-related deaths.
“There are situations that we know about in the San Fernando Valley[in Arizona]where people are dying from the heat and we still don’t quite understand what happened. He (Andy) can help us figure it out.” – Co-Investigator Jennifer Fanous , assistant professor of sustainability, the university said in a statement.
That and you can watch ANDI stroll around the ASU campus with his girlfriend MaRTy, a portable weather station.