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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Robot masseuse rubs out yet another human job category

Yet another job for humans has been co-opted by our soon-to-be robot masters — massages. Tokyo's Waseda University Takanishi Laboratory and Asahi University have developed the WAO-1 robot (Waseda Asahi Oral Rehabilitation Robot 1) for humans in need of facial massages or therapy. One of the robot's creators, Ken Nishimura, even said he hopes to see the robot take over the work in many beauty salons some day soon. Clinical trials needed to deploy the robot throughout Japan's hospitals are set to begin next month.

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