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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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Don't go shouting "nanotech magic"! Oh,
you weren't. Sorry.
This is just about at the limits of current
technology. Robonit is a tiny robotic nit
that roves your scalp, securing itself to
one strand of hair after another with teeny
claws, just like a real nit. Power comes
an induction coil, paired to a
transmitter worn elsewhere. Movement is
painfully slow (due to power constraints),
but it works 24/7.
What does it do? This should be apparent
by now. As it grips each hair, an LED and
photodiode measure its optical properties.
A white hair will act somewhat like a bad
optical fibre, whereas a dark hair will act
rather like a dark hair. Upon detecting a
white hair, a small clipper snips it off,
close to the scalp.
Over a period of several days, a small
swarm of robonits will gradually weed out
those rare but glaringly obvious grey
hairs, and will then continue to nip others
in the bud. Use by blondes not
||Cue the lawyers when you wake up bald from a badly configured nit.
||Couldn't it just colour the grey hairs
||I was expecting them to have LEDs, and climb out to the end of the strand, where they blink random colours. If you have short hair, it could function as an LED display!
||Right, yes, i like, but i was expecting something slightly different, namely a louse assassin robot, and i think that could be done with a small modification with the use of an ultraviolet LED and a syringe which injects some kind of disinfectant into actual nits.
||//Couldn't it just colour the grey hairs//
// could function as an LED display!// //a
louse assassin robot,// All excellent
ideas. Sadly, I think you'll find them
covered by claims 103, 145 and 721,
||This will be the downfall of the polar bear species.
||Instead of snipping the grey hairs, the nits should make colourful use of this 'fibre-optic' strand.
||my girl would rather have robosects 24/7
than a single white hair of length longer
than 2.2 cm. upon my head.
||Poor Santa, he didn't stand a chance...
||That full-spectrum hair doobrey could maybe be done this way. It's an idea somewhere here, but i can't remember where.