Prototype Panasonic Washing Machine Has Robot Arms That Fold Clean Clothes

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Prototype Panasonic Washing Machine

It’s like something from the Jetsons – a robot washing machine that’ll fold your clean clothes into a pile ready for storage.

The huge device is a prototype which is unlikely to find its way into your kitchen any time soon, but provides a glimpse into how advancing technology could improve the most mundane tasks.

A hamper drawer opens when pressed, and the items of clothing that need to be cleaned are tossed in.

A camera scans the item’s label to check the manufacturer’s instructions for water temperature and any other details, and examines the garment for stains that need particular attention.

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After that, the machine gets to work – washing then drying the item – before robot arms pick up and fold the freshly cleaned item before placing it on top of the pile of finished clothes.

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The machine is called the Sustainable Maintainer and was shown off by Panasonic at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin.

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Tobias Wobbe, from Panasonic, said: “It’s really easy. You will always have the optimal setting. You don’t have to think about the settings or the laundry detergent any longer.”

Noemi Besedes, also from the firm, added: “It does everything automatically, from washing the clothes, to drying, to folding.

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“It saves you a lot of time, it also washes every item at its perfect optimal setting which makes your clothes last longer.”

The firm also revealed a prototype fridge that brings your food directly to you at the touch of an app button.

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The Moveable Fridge has sensors that scan the room it is in to navigate towards its hungry owner.

Credits/Original Post: Independent

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