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Electric tweezers are an electronic device intended to permanently remove hair. The design incorporates a pair of tweezers at the tip. A button on the side of the handle is used to simultaneously close the tweezer tips and turn on the high-frequency electrical signal. The electrical signal is intended to cause the connection of the hair to its root to be weakened and to stop hair growth from the root in a manner similar to electrolysis.

Some electric tweezers have been described using the term electrolysis tweezer epilator or tweezer epilator, but their operation is quite different from that of epilators.

The US FDA has a definition of permanent hair removal, which these devices have been unable to pass.[1] The FDA definition is such that a device can qualify and yet be ineffective for some people.

Plucking (tweezing) is often described as time consuming. Because the tweezers operate on only one hair at a time and it requires several seconds of application on each hair, this technique is even slower than normal tweezing. The US FDA suggest that, because of the difficulty of using these devices, many people end up effectively only using them as tweezers, with no permanent hair removal.[citation needed]

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ Hairfacts: Rejuvenu cited for violations by FDA

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Silicon Hills News

Silicon Hills News
Sun, 18 Oct 2015 19:03:22 -0700

Fan “is the inventor of “Electric Tweezers” that can precisely manipulate nanoscale materials in aqueous suspension by combined AC and DC electric fields,” according to her online profile. Her company is developing high-speed motorized bio-nanosensors.


Wed, 21 May 2014 10:15:00 -0700

Cockrell's nanomotor, however, is built more simply and effectively in part because of another Cockrell invention, Electric Tweezers, a nano-manipulation technique that allowed the team to not only transport the nano-entities, but precisely position ...


Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:07:51 -0700

This is the miniaturized ultrasonic device capable of capturing and moving single cells and tiny living creatures is compared to a US dime. Credit: Xiaoyun Ding, Stephen J. Benkovic, and Tony Jun Huang. A device about the size of a dime can manipulate ...


Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:57:43 -0700

A schematic showing how the acoustic tweezers work. The interlocking golden combs represent the acoustic tweezers. These devices generate surface acoustic waves represented by the blue ripples. Credit: Xiaoyun Ding, Sz-Chin Steven Lin, Stephen J.

SPIE Newsroom

SPIE Newsroom
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:06:08 -0800

B. Edwards, N. Engheta, S. Evoy, Electric tweezers: experimental study of positive dielectrophoresis-based positioning and orientation of a nanorod, J. Appl. Phys. 102, pp. 024913, 2007. doi:10.1063/1.2753584. 5. W. Cai, U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev ...

New York Times

New York Times
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 13:27:35 -0700

At the heart of the I.B.M. system is a novel mechanism, something like nanoscale electric tweezers. This mechanism repeatedly pauses a strand of DNA, which is naturally negatively charged, as an electric field pulls the strand through a nanopore, an ...

科学时报 (博客)

科学时报 (博客)
Thu, 29 May 2014 02:44:00 -0700

范冬蕾博士的研究侧重于利用材料的基本性能如磁性、光学、化学、力学性能,进行纳米材料的创新设计和制造,将其应用于生物化学传感、单个活细胞刺激、微电子机械系统及纳米电磁系统(MEMS/NEMS)、能量转换和存储设备等。她 ...

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