Massage Robot Has Soft Hands, Er, Pads

This cute little massage robot arm has soft little pads at the end for comfort. The team of people associated with this project would like to see massage that is accurate and tireless, available 24/7, that respects explicit, agreed-upon protocols and is interactive to elevate user satisfaction.

As far as I know, this "automatic massager," a fictional robot from A.E. van Vogt's 1944 story Far Centaurus, is an early mention of a robotic massage machine. In the novel, the problem to be solved is that of being asleep for decades while traveling between the stars: what sort of machines will help restore vigor to the body?

Slowly, I pushed my hand toward the edge of the bed. Click! My fingers pressed the button that was there. There was a faint hum. The automatic massager began to fumble gently over my naked form.

First, it rubbed my arms; then it moved to my legs and so on over my body. As it progressed, I could feel the fine slick of oil that oozed from it working into my dry skin...
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