Japan's Panasonic develops robot hair-washer

September 30, 2010
Panasonic robot development engineer Tohru Nakamura displays the new robot hairwasher, which scans a client's head using 3D technology, then shampoos their hair and massages the scalp with its rubbery "fingers".

Japan's Panasonic on Thursday unveiled a robot that can scans a client's head using 3D technology, then shampoos their hair and massages the scalp with its rubbery "fingers".

The prototype machine was developed to help thinly-stretched staff at , common problem in rapidly-ageing Japan, said the electronics maker.

In a three-minute media demonstration, the automated hair salon, which resembles a dentist's chair with a wash basin, moved a pair of "arms" with 16 finger-like massage nobs while squirting shampoo and water.

"With 16 fingers, the washes hair and rinses the shampoo bubbles with the dexterity of human fingers," the company said in a statement.

"The robot's two arms scan the head three dimensionally as they move and measure and remember the head shape to apply just the right amount of pressure to each person when shampooing and massaging."

The machine, which will hit stores in a few years, was unveiled at a Tokyo fair of welfare goods that showed off 20,000 products, including a wheelchair that can dock into a three-wheeled electric motorbike and automobiles designed for .

also displayed a prototype electric bed that turns into a wheelchair.

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not rated yet Oct 22, 2010
First you have to ask... Why would a robots hair need washing in the first place...


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