Tuesday, April 10, 2012

No. 482: Are you looking for a robot to have your hair shampooed? (April 10, 2012)

A barbershop in Hyogo Prefecture decided to try a robot developed by Panasonic to shampoo the hair of its customers. The owner will try the robot for about two months beginning on April 11. Based on the feedback from the customers, Panasonic will improve the robot and plan to put it into practical use within the year. The company wishes to ship the robot to hospitals and nursing-care facilities for patients and disabled people. 

The shampoo robot measures the figure of the head of a person automatically, and shampoos and massages his hair, while spraying hot water on his hair. It takes about 15 minutes to finish shampooing. Panasonic developed the first version of this robot in 2010. The company subsequently made lots of improvements on it. This robot may have good business prospect because labor charge will go up, while the price of a robot will go down as the production grows. 

 Panasonic's shampoo robot

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