Friday, April 29, 2011
Human vanity must be the biggest market in the world
Shakespeare is widely misquoted as having said, "Vanity, thy name is woman". Hamlet actually said, "Frailty, thy name is woman". Regardless, the male obsession with baldness makes men the most vain of creatures.....
From Arcamax -- WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a machine that combines a computer, a robotic arm, imaging technology and other devices to fight hair loss.
The Artas System is positioned over the man's scalp, to identify and "harvest" follicular units from the side and back of the head. The follicular units are stored until they are implanted into the patient's recipient area using manual techniques, Medical News Today reported.
Artas System officials say is a quicker and less invasive system that can improve hair extraction rates to 750 to 1,000 units an hour.
Would you sit in this contraption and let a robot pluck up to 1,000 "follicular units" from your head every hour? This is easy for me to say since I have a full head of hair, but at some point don't we just have to accept that we age and try to do it as gracefully as we can? Taking vitamins, exercising, staying hydrated, and the occasional minor procedure are typical methods for preserving youth, but some things just go too far. I guess it's subjective as to what's considered "too far".
Hat tip to regular reader Billy for the heads-up.