Snippet from the article:
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.
Read the full text at Time.com — Now, Robots Can Save You from Baldness… As Long As You’re Not Blond
We posted about the FDA clearance of Restoration Robotics’ Artas® System a couple weeks ago, but with all the emails I’ve gotten about it and more articles showing up in my Google Alerts daily emails, I figured at least some of you might like to see a press photo of the instrument (see below):
The FUE harvesting that this robot can do is just one step in the process for hair restoration. Some doctor must design the hairline and decide what has to be harvested. Plus, the management of the grafts is a strict science, and the placement of the grafts into the recipient area requires a team of specialized personnel. This is a good addition for instrumentation, but it is not the automation of the entire process.
While I mentioned before that we licensed the core optical technology for the robotic FUE technique and have a vested interest in seeing this instrument be successful, I realize how surreal this might seem. So with that said, feel free to post your cyborg/robot jokes in the comments section.