Panasonic has developed a robot that can wash a person’s hair, with the use of 24 robotic fingers that supposedly give it a very lifelike feeling.
From Reuters: The customer leans back in what looks like a regular salon chair, over a sink, and the machine — upgraded from a 16-fingered version — shampoos, massages the scalp and rinses in about three minutes. Conditioning and a blow-dry add another five minutes.
The company says the prototype will probably be intended for use by the elderly, a population that is aided greatly by advancements in technology and robot science. Care-giving for the elderly is a huge necessity in Japan, and robots could aid in making it an easier task to manage.
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