Panasonic has developed a robot that can wash hair using advanced technology to replicate the human touch. It could help replace human care-givers in this rapidly aging nation without degrading the quality of the service.
The machine uses 24 robotic fingers and robotic hand technology. Developed in Japan by Tohru Nakamura, it can wash the hair of elderly or those living with disabilities in the way human hands do in order to help them have better daily lives. According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis — approximately 6 million people — which helps explain the blossoming market in care-giving robot technologies.
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The hair-washing machine is not available to consumers at this point, and a price has yet to be set.
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