This Automatic Hair-Cutting Rube Goldberg Machine Is Terrifying

Quick personal story: One day, my then-roommate asked me if I knew how to cut hair and if I would cut his hair. I lied and said I did because I wanted to give it a go. The worst thing that could have happened is that I messed up somebody else’s hair, after all, so pretty low-stakes for me. It went just fine, and eventually, I decided to start cutting my own hair. That was a couple years ago, I’ve been cutting my own hair ever since, and I look at least like a respectable and functional person.

If you want your hairs shortened from the comfort of your own home, and you’re not as confident as I with clippers in your hand, but you are savvy with building strange machines, then maybe you can learn something from the newest Joseph’s Machines video (via Geeks Are Sexy).

The channel namesake Joseph decided that he had enough of leaving the house and having awkward interactions with his barber, so what he’s done is create a sort of Rube Goldberg machine that will cut his (clearly fake) hair with little input from him. After some trial and error, he comes up with a wheel that rolls over his head to trim the sides, when then activates a spinning knife to take care of the top. The creativity on display here is inspiring, but Joseph also accidentally hits his head on the knife too frequently for me personally to consider changing up my hair-cutting regimen.

Would you trust the safety of your head to this contraption? Can you think of a different design for a machine that will cut your hair? Let us know what you think down in the comments!

Featured image: Joseph’s Machines/YouTube

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