Panasonic has begun testing a hair washing and scalp massaging robot in Japan. This so called Head Care Robot is currently being trialed at the Super Hair Seo salon in Nishinomiya, near Osaka, where customers can go try out the robot until June 10.
The Head Care Robot has 24 mechanical fingertips and a series of nozzles and water jets. But since everyone's head is slightly different, it uses sensors first to detect the shape of a customer's head before it applies hot water and shampoo.
And before shampoo assistants panic about losing their jobs, the Head Care Robot isn't aimed at replacing any of the salon workforce, at least not yet. Panasonic is developing the robot for individuals requiring special home care, such as the elderly or disabled.