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Designer Creates Prototype for Robot Armpit That Smells Like Real Armpit

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Kevin Grennan

Look closely. What you’re seeing isn’t chewing gum that’s been left on the floor of a hair salon. That’s a robot armpit prototype, built by designer Kevin Grennan as part of his studies on the role of smell in human-robot interaction. He’s also developed ideas for adding scent glands to industrial robots — like a surgical robot that releases the trust-building hormone oxytocin. 

[via Laughing Squid]

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