Wednesday, June 1, 2016

On Sweat vs Smell vs Robots vs Humans

Kevin Grennan’s Robot Armpit Prototype. Yup.

Thanks Japan. Humanoid robots are doing really well over there. Even the artificial skin is starting to sweat. This technological development is lauded in the world of humanoid robots because the artificial skin has all of the proper parts to be a functioning thermoregulating membrane, i.e., it sweats. But is it humorous to note that Japanese folks have very few apocrine glands themselves? People of East Asian descent are less likely to have body odor than others. I’ll bet if the robots had a choice, they would smell like their Japanese creators, i.e., not at all.

April 2016, Riken Institute

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