Panasonic has teamed up with Seven Dreamers, a tech company, and Japanese homebuilder – Daiwa House, to develop Laundroid – a washing machine that will wash, dry and then fold your clothes.
The user has to just open the door, pop the clothes in, press a button and then seven hours later open the door to find a pile of beautifully washed laundry, folded.
After the clothes are washed, Laundroid picks up each item and then scans it. Once it recognises a familiar clothing pattern it will then fold them and feed them through to the presentation shelf. The consortium has released only working models and the final product is still in the development stage.
Currently the machine can fold T-shirts, collared shirts, skirts, shorts, trousers and towels, but developers are looking to find a way to get the robot to fold socks.
The consortium expects to bring the final product to the market by 2019 and have stated that it may cost as much as a small car.
Excerpts from NYDailyNews/ image and video courtesy of seven dreamers laboratories