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Hair Harvesting Robot – treating male baldness one mechanical handshake at a time


So you’re looking at an ARTAS robotic system, designed to ‘enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting‘. If it sounds painful that’s probably because it is, being the brutally effective method of repairing bald patches on insecure Porsche owners via the simple act of cutting out individual hair follicles from the back of the scalp and moving them to the top of the head.

This…ahem…harvesting is done using a tiny punch which pulls out skin and hair together in a little plug. The ‘hair restoration’ process then involves manually punching these plugs back into the scalp. Ouch. Looking at this piece of kit, it’s hard not to marvel at the idea that a company can score $41 million in funding for the male equivalent of a nip and tuck machine. Ah well, sign of the times eh? [Via]

 Dedicated to revolutionizing the field of hair transplantation, Restoration Robotics, Inc. pioneered the ARTAS System. This interactive, computer assisted system utilizes image-guided technology to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting for the benefit of physicians and their patients. The ARTAS System was developed in partnership with several leading hair restoration surgeons…

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