London: Japanese scientists have developed a hair-washing robot that uses 16 robotic fingers and two motorised arms to do the job.
Created at Panasonic Corporation, the robot has been created to replicate the hands of a human hair stylist, and is designed to help with the care of the country``s "silver generation".
The arms can scan the head three-dimensionally, measure and record the shape in order to determine the precise amount of pressure in the correct locations.
Eight "fingers" and three motors on every arm independently control the motion and pressure of the massage movements.
"The hair-washing robot was developed to fill the needs of workers at hospitals and health care facilities," The Telegraph quoted a Panasonic spokesman as saying.
"Studies among them revealed their dilemma that they cannot attend to each and every request of the patients, such as shampooing, as it will add another task to the workers who are already burdened with many tasks."