Chinese man invents hands-free automatic hair washing machine
For some it takes quite a considerable time to wash, dry and style their hair; yes I know some of my friends who take ages to go through that regime. For them it is a luxury, but for those who cannot do it themselves due to some medical condition, the dependence on others is pretty evident. Chen Gongke, a 38-year-old Chinese inventor who saw his paralyzed grandmother unable to wash her hair or do other basic chores of life, came up with a unique idea to get over this problem. A hands-free washing machine that would wash and dry the hair automatically in just five minutes.
Although, unfortunately his grandmother died several years ago, Chen was determined to come up with a unique design that would solve this problem. After almost 16 years of experimenting and using 18 broken helmets, he has designed the final version of his product that has finally been patented. The machine is made from a motorcycle helmet, two water tanks and a control panel.
In the first stage, the machine sprays water and foamed shampoo on the head. Then clean water is sprayed through the helmet to rinse hair of any residue. Last stage is to blow dry air and one is done with the cleansing regime. To make sure that the running water doesn’t wet the clothes or body, the machine has an inclined protector that rests above the neck and runs all the residue into a container that can be emptied after the task is done.
The product is in its early prototype stage and Chen believes that he’ll be able to convert it into a practical hair washing and drying machine in the coming time. Practical, I wouldn’t say at this point in time, but I’m sure after over a decade of through research and experimentation with the prototype machine, Chen has the next great idea to convert into an easy-to-use device that can be bought off the shelf.