The modernish electronics behind it can be safely ignored. But the scary serpentine tangle of wires and clips is an "Antique Eugene Perm Machine". It looks as if it would be likely to set your tresses afire.
Here is another odd item.
Very Buck Rogers. It would fit in well with my recent "Guys in Helmets" post on classic Sci Fi art.
His son, Charles C. Arnao Jr. (1921-1985), did even better. As an Army Air Corp Second Lieutenant he was the navigator of the B-17 Sequatchiee when it was shot down in August of 1944. He did a stint as a POW at Stalag Luft I, then post war joined up with a couple of other veterans to start the Apache Corporation, now a very substantial oil and natural gas producing multinational.
Addendum. As a sharp eyed reader has pointed out, a birthdate of 1910 and paternity in 1921 seems a bit of a stretch. The records at hand were rather mixed up but I should have caught that. Sifting through census data I think Charles senior was actually born March 11th, 1897 and died September 1st 1978.