Meet Sam The Sweat-Bot

Andy Chalk

One Flag, One Fleet, One Cat
Nov 12, 2002
Meet Sam The Sweat-Bot

Swiss scientists have developed a new robot that simulates human sweating as part of an effort to develop better athletic clothing for use in freezing temperatures, but sadly they declined to name it Keith.

The robot is actually called Sam, short for "Sweating Agile Mannequin," which is probably about as creative as you're going to get from a group of scientists performing an intensive study [] of perspiration in order to build a better tracksuit. The sweat-bot actually has 125 nozzles on its head and body, and moves in a running motion to simulate human activity and help researchers develop materials that will boost athletes' performance in freezing conditions.

"Sam simulates heat and moisture transfer of the human body," said Professor Rene Rossi of the University of Zurich []. "We heat up the surface of the mannequin to a skin temperature of 34C."

The researchers are developing new "high-tech fibers" that are designed to adjust the amount of air and moisture that can permeate clothing as body temperature rises and falls. The object is to create synthetic materials that don't absorb humidity but instead store it between the fibers so it can evaporate much more quickly, resulting in clothing that dries rapidly and helps maintain a constant temperature.

"The idea of creating functional clothing for winter sports is to make sure people do not cool down too much," Rossi said. "So after the activity the clothing has to dry very fast."

Sam the Sweat-bot may have practical applications but he's also creepy as hell. In action, which you can see in an attached video, Sam looks eerily similar to a Combine Stalker []. That might be alright for the Swiss ski team but from where I'm sitting, it's just freaky.



And you are?
Sep 10, 2007
That picture freaks the hell out of me. How could you work with that on a day-to-day basis?

Anton P. Nym

New member
Sep 18, 2007
Oh dear. Looks like tough economic times have made folks look for an automated replacement for Steve Balmer...

-- Steve (not that one)


Wait when did I get a sub
Jan 10, 2009
I'm pretty sure that if I worked there, I would run around in circles yelling at the copy machine.
Yeah, kinda odd stuff going on here, I'm perturbed by this. What is with that picture!?!


New member
Feb 25, 2008
Who would have thought that the Combine were on Earth all along. In Switzerland of all places...


Is Probably Awesome.
Aug 13, 2008
Caption Contest Time!

Try and find a nice caption to go with the news posts picture!
(I got bored and the robot creeps me out too much to talk about it...)

"Oh! R2 Help me! I seem to have a metal udder on my face!!"

post yours, today!


New member
Nov 23, 2007
0 it any sort of coincidence that HR Giger is also Swiss? I think not.

As to just what's pictured, that's most likely the sweat supply feed.