A product research and testing firm near the N.C. Research Campus will pay people to wash their hair, shave and even eat.

Spectrum Discovery Center, an 11,000-square-foot laboratory in the old K&W Cafeteria on Oak Avenue, pays consumers an average of $20 an hour to use products like cat litter, lotion and paper towels and then give their opinions, which Fortune 500 companies covet.

Parent company wants to build a database of 10,000 Kannapolis area residents, people the company can call for taste tests and focus groups, president Gail Vance Civille said.

Eventually, some of these consumers could be the first to try new products developed at the nearby Research Campus.

For details, see the report.