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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Capillotomer  
  An automatic shaving machine  

Not much more than the name for this item; every guy can appreciate this one.

He pushed his face for a moment into the capillotomer. Shave completed, the booth sprayed him with scent and dusted him off. He was beginning to feel like himself again.
From Beyond This Horizon, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Street Publications in 1942
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This word is cleverly formulated from the latin roots for capil hair plus otomy - the act of cutting.

As far as I know, there is no such thing as a truly automatic shaver.

Compare to the depilatory soap from Gravy Planet (1952) by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).

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