A London designer has created a sweating robotic armpit, intended to make it easier for humans to relate to robots (Photo: Kevin Grennan)
A robotic sweat gland, as installed on a surgical robot (Image: Kevin Grennan)
A robotic sweat gland, as installed on a picker robot (Image: Kevin Grennan)
A robotic sweat gland, as installed on a bomb-disposal robot (Image: Kevin Grennan)
When we think of robots, we tend to think of clean, antiseptic automatons that don’t suffer from yucky things like halitosis, flatulence or body odor ... unlike us humans. According to London designer Kevin Grennan, however, this difference alienates us from robots, and will keep us from ever fully accepting them as anything other than machines. His solution? Robots that secret human odors, in situations in which people would secrete those odors. While some of his odor-secreting devices are purely conceptual, he has produced a working model of at least one – a sweating robotic armpit.
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