Now, Robots Can Save You from Baldness… As Long As You’re Not Blond

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Finally, technology has come up with something that is actually useful to me. Oh, sure; various communication technologies, modes of transport, and alternative forms of energy collection are fine, I guess, but when you put them next to a robot that harvests your hair for hair transplant surgery to cure baldness, then there’s really no comparison at all.

The FDA has approved a machine called the Artas System for use, according to manufacturers Restoration Robotics, Inc. The company describes Artas as “an interactive, computer assisted system utilizing image-guided robotics to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting” by combining “several features including an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches and a computer interface.” Artas can be used on patients with straight brown or black hair; blondes or redheads still have to face male pattern baldness without robotic assistance, at this stage.

Admittedly, the process sounds a little painful; I’m glad that the prototype of the Artas System didn’t mean a need for sutures or bandages for the unlucky test subjects, don’t get me wrong, but there’s just something about knowing that a robot arm will harvest your hair using “small dermal punches” that’s a little bit unsettling. I’m imagining tiny Wall-Es rolling over my head and hitting me, for some reason. But to have a full head of hair for the first time in over a decade? I have to admit, I’d probably be okay with that.

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