The newest member of the Ford family is a military man ready to tackle his job and provide all of the information he can about his co-workers.
No, we are not talking about a company snitch.
We are talking about Santos, is a virtual worker that was originally created for the U.S. Department of Defense at the University of Iowa.
Ford Motor Company has decided that this soldier would be the perfect candidate to provide information on the physical strains put on the human body while working on the assembly line.
His credentials are bar none.
He was part of the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program at the university and his job was to execute tasks and then record the strains in the body in his computer brain.
Santos can reach, lift, and stretch.
He can walk, talk, and answer questions.
We picture him a tad like Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man.
He is basically a robot with a complete biomechanical muscular system to provide feedback on fatigue, speed, strength, but without the emotions attached to it.