Engineer Haircut Robot
Engineer Shane Wighton, an engineer by trade who has become quite a popular YouTuber known as “Stuff Made Here,” realized that even though some barbers and hair salons have partially reopened, there was still a risk at contracting COVID-19 by going in for a cut. So, he decided to build a haircut robot that may not give the best cuts, but most certainly gets the job done. Read more for the video and additional information.

The original plan was to train the robot at using two combs to separate the sections of hair with a special mechanism, but that wasn’t enough for its vision system to see individual hairs and separate them. The latter needs additional overhead cameras and advanced object detection algorithms. Fortunately, a basic vacuum tube that sucks up the hair enough for it to be cut with scissors was all that it really needed.

Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit, Beard Trimmer, Hair Clippers for Men (13 pieces)
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Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit, Beard Trimmer, Hair Clippers for Men (13 pieces)
  • 9 Length Combs Cuts 1/16 - 5/8 inches(15 to 15 millimeter) to achieve the exact look you desire
  • Lithium, Rechargeable Battery 40 minutes of cordless runtime. The Shortcut Pro Hair Clipper can also be used corded for maximum versatility and convenience.
  • 13 Piece Kit Includes: Hand held clipper, 9 Length adjusting combs, cleaning brush, storage/travel pouch, oil (charging adaptor also included)
  • Extra Wide Curved Blade: The blade contours to your head with maximum coverage to provide a close, even cut Shortcut Pro Hair Clipper is 100 percent washable conveniently rinses clean under the faucet; Non slip grip.Do not store in temperatures above 140º

Even if this thing gives me a terrible haircut, I still feel like I’ve won. How many people have a robot-made haircut? It’s basically art. I would rather not have someone cut my hair who’s also touching 100 other people’s heads all day long, so I built this robot,” said Wighton.