Sixty-seven-year old Bob Egely has cut hair in the North Okanagan community for 40 years, but he hasn't hauled out the scissors since a medical condition forced the amputation of both his legs, above the knee, two years ago.
The fur began flying again on Thursday, thanks to a team of engineers from the University of Victoria and funding from the B.C. Personal Supports Network.
Engineers have created Betty, a $65,000 lift that attaches to a regular barber chair and allows Egely to raise, lower and circle around his customer like the earth orbits the sun.
The invention means Egely is snipping once again, with 91-year-old John Harrison, a customer for a quarter century, the first to sit in the high-tech chair.
Egely has a few days to get used to the joystick needed to co-ordinate Betty and the customer's chair, because the official reopening of his barber shop isn't planned until June 5. (CKIZ)