ASU ANDI First Outdoor Sweating Breathing Walking Robot
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Arizona State University researchers in collaboration with Thermetrics have debuted ANDI, the world’s first indoor-outdoor sweating, breathing and walking robot. Not only can it mimic the thermal functions of the human body, the robot boasts 35 different surface areas that are all individually controlled with temperature sensors, heat flux sensors and pores capable of beading sweat.

Currently, there are 10 ANDI robots that exist, mostly owned and used by athletic clothing companies for garment testing, but ASU’s example is one of two used by research institutions and the first thermal manikin that can be used outdoors, thanks to a unique internal cooling channel. Researchers hope to use ANDI to better understand heat stress on the human body and what makes hot weather so dangerous.


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ASU ANDI First Outdoor Sweating Breathing Walking Robot

We can move different BMI models, different age characteristics and different medical conditions (into ANDI). A diabetes patient has different thermal regulation from a healthy person. So we can account for all this modification with our customized models,” said Ankit Joshi, ASU Research Scientist Leading the Modeling Work.

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