Developed by Panasonic, Japanese housebuilders Daiwa House and Seven Dreamers laboratories, the Laundroid is designed to form part of your wardrobe.
Pop your clean washing inside the drawer at the bottom, and its robot arms – apparently located in the space-age portal at the top – will neatly fold and organise every item ready for you to wear later.Why? Well Seven Dreamers has done its research, and calculates that the average person spends 9,000 hours, or 375 days of their lives folding, sorting and putting laundry away.
I can’t begin to imagine what I’d do if I got a year of my life back – although it would probably involve a lot of holidays and box sets.
Eventually, Panasonic hopes the Laundroid will form part of a full-on system. You’ll be able to add your dirty washing and hours later, it will be cleaned, dried, ironed, folded and magically put away in the right part of your wardrobe.But for now, we just have the folding and sorting version of Laundroid, and even that is very much at prototype stage, taking an average of seven minutes to fold a single item.
I had a little chat with the Panasonic team, and they tell me they’re expecting to see a full working version in early 2017.
My question is, what if the cat gets in there? Will Moggy come out neatly contorted? Let’s just hope it has a ‘paws’ button… AmyTweet