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#126805 - 06/01/18 10:30 AM UPDATE: No Robot yet
Michael Bono Offline

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Several months ago, I started consulting with a Stanford scientist with whom I was going to assist in his pursuit to produce a robotic electrolysis unit.

Indeed, his open interest in our field created an embarrassing kerfuffle within our esteemed ranks. At the moment the project is on hold (probably abandoned); but the robotic revolution continues. His department has perfected a robotic hair transplant "harvester" ... stem cells actually ... that is currently being tested.

I think we are decades away from fully automated electrolysis ... but NEVER bet against technology! I can only dream of "perfect treatments every time!" Indeed, the clients would be grateful!

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#126806 - 06/01/18 05:06 PM Re: UPDATE: No Robot yet [Re: Michael Bono]
fenix Offline
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What problems in electrology is such a system trying to solve, like does it lower costs to the consumer, increase kill rates or expand availability of electrolysis? Hair transplantation requires less microscopic accuracy but in electrology the hand eye coordination into a follicle is a complex task for robotics to mimic.

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#126807 - 06/01/18 06:03 PM Re: UPDATE: No Robot yet [Re: Michael Bono]
Michael Bono Offline

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I learned that the harvesting of follicle stem cells is probably more difficult than robotic needle insertion, e.g., keeping the instrument clean.

The focus, so far ... just imagining ... is on body hair: legs, backs; large areas that are usually off limits for most electrolysis procedures. Or, doomed to great failure (time and money).

I'm staying in contact; for all the reasons you mentioned in your first sentence.

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#126809 - 06/02/18 03:35 AM Re: UPDATE: No Robot yet [Re: Michael Bono]
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This would be an amazing evolution in the industry if not also sad to see the procedure taken away from the many experienced electrologists who produce good work and instead put into the hands of anyone who does a weekend short beauty course and can press a few buttons. That's the reality of progress, I suppose.

I wouldn't imagine it would be ready within the next 20 years.

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#126815 - 06/02/18 08:57 AM Re: UPDATE: No Robot yet [Re: Michael Bono]
Michael Bono Offline

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That's the fear that was expressed in rather harsh terms (by our members). I would make the opposite supposition, but yes ... new technology creates a lot of "angst."

Most likely the "fine work" can't be done by robotics. But mechanization could bring in a whole new "class" of client and greatly expand the profession.

And, that's not how advancements work. People didn't develop jet air travel to put "steam ships" out of business. Advancements happen, because they happen. Industries adapt or go extinct.

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