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Sweaty Robot May Help Humans Understand Impact of Soaring Heat

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A software program shows the configured surface temperatures of ANDI, an Advanced Newton Dynamic Instrument robot.

Credit: AFP-JIJI

Arizona State University (ASU)'s Konrad Rykaczewski described the Advanced Newton Dynamic Instrument (ANDI) robot his team developed as "the world's first outdoor thermal mannequin that we can routinely take outside and ... measure how much heat he is receiving from the environment."

The epoxy/carbon fiber skin covering the humanoid robot envelops a sensor network that evaluates heat diffused throughout the body, while an internal cooling system and pores allow breathing and perspiration.

The team is testing ANDI outdoors in the city of Phoenix under various conditions, accompanied by the Mean Radiant Temperature mobile weather station to measure heat reflected by the surrounding buildings.

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