Robots perform all sorts of tasks for their human creators--building cars, manning assembly lines, exploring space or the bottom of the deep sea.
Panasonic Corp. has a robot that gets a bit more up close and personal--it is programmed to give head massages.
The Osaka-based home electronics giant installed the “Head Care Robot” at a barber in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on April 9 for a test run.
Panasonic said it is the first time the machine has been used at a shop.
The company first developed a hair-washing robot in 2010. This time, it added a function to massage the scalp.
The machine gives massages with its 24 “fingers” with optimal strength based on data from sensors.
Panasonic plans to market the Head Care Robot by the end of this fiscal year after applying improvements based on views from customers and the shop.
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