Ok, so I didn’t know that Panasonic is noted for its robot technology. But, turns out they don’t just make TVs. They’ve recently been contributing to the beauty world by inventing a robotic hair washer. Yes, really. You stick your head in the basin and two robot arms guide 16 fingers with, it is claimed, the same dexterity as human fingers. Sensors scan the person’s head to measure its shape and ensure the right amount of pressure is applied when washing and rinsing. The robot also remembers your head shape and massion tension preferences for your next wash.
Panasonic have developed this really as an implement to aid in the care of the elderly and infirm, but I’m thinking that those are the people who would most welcome the human touch, and not appreciate being shoved into an automatic washer. They will be tumble drying them next.
On the other hand, as was pointed out on Twitter, it might be a bit like having your hair washed in the Orgasmatron, in which case that’s a whole other thing.
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A robot washing my hair? What if it malfunctioned and squished my head? Pass!
Yes, I am terribly frightened just thinking of the ways this go wrong!
My hands and my hairdresser’s hands work just fine.