Next time someone tells you that the technology industry is out of ideas or that the future we all promised was never arrived or that true innovation died years ago, you take it stink of their collar and you shout in their face: "Ford added sweat glands to his robotic strain."
There will be stunned silence, I guarantee.
Back in 2017, we introduced you to Robutt, the robot bucket that Ford uses to test his car seats. It's basically a cushion at the end of an industrial robot arm that performs CPR on car seats for days at a time to quickly restore 1
To better imitate real life, eg. in your car after a workout in the gym, Robutt can now sweat. Its padding is heated to 36 degrees Celsius (to approximate human body temperature), and half a liter of water is fed through the fabric.
"The sweat test ensures that the seat remains free of surface damage over time," claims Ford in a blog. But who can really say? I want the sweat robot to be just as likely to be working on some imaginative pervers at the Ford factory (or a canny comms department that knows what idiots like me like to blog about) as any conscientious engineer.
But hey, I'm just glad there are some job people not have to do.