Atomic Shave

This young British atomic technician is getting his whiskers chopped at the hands of a "barber" on the other side of the thick glass wall (rear). These mechanical hands will be used in delicate "hot chemistry" work enabling the chemist to stand behind shielding and well beyond deadly radiation.

Source: Newsweek - Mar 18, 1957
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 29, 2016
     Category: 1950s | Hair and Hairstyling

I'd say that counts as a qualifying test! I like the look on the guinea pig's face.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 09/29/16 at 07:12 AM
Usually on this sort of qualifying test the supervisor would be on the receiving end (the added pressure was a better test for real-life conditions). Also heard of one where the test was fishing a cigarette out, placing it in the tester’s mouth and lighting it up. Now the whole thing is far more procedure driven.
Posted by crc in idaho on 09/29/16 at 08:14 AM
In case you didn't know, these manipulators were popularly called "waldoes." As crc points out, today these have evolved into the Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine which is a machinist's wet dream for producing / reproducing parts.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 09/29/16 at 09:34 AM
Looks like what is called a puppet arm in robotics parlance.
Posted by RobK on 09/29/16 at 10:31 AM
The first thing I thought when I saw them was "look, old-timey Waldoes." Wasn't it Arthur C. Clarke who coined the name Waldoes for them?

Actually, this is the internet I can look that up...
And... it was Heinlein.

Posted by Claude in Boston on 09/29/16 at 02:40 PM
The concept first appeared in Heinlein's 1942 short story "Waldo" - expanded to a novel in 1950. The protagonist, Waldo Farthingwaite-Jones, was a weakling genius who invented "Waldo F. Jones' Synchronous Reduplicating Pantograph" - mercifully shortened to "waldoes'.
Posted by tadchem on 10/03/16 at 03:59 AM
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