Summary #1006

Sweaty robots are the future

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  • Researchers 3D-print sweaty robot hands from novel nanopolymer materials.
  • By structuring the material in the right way, it can simulate sweating, including pores that respond to temperature changes--eliminating the need for temperature sensors.
  • The result is a cooling process that’s three times more efficient than normal human sweating.
  • Thermal management is essential to building high-powered robots that will work for a long time, and sweating could be the best answer.
  • So far, the system can limit a robot’s mobility, and it requires regular re-fueling with water, but if in the future robots learn to drink, this won’t be a problem.

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