This Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Plastic Beads Instead of Water

While today's high-efficiency washing machines use far less water than their predecessors, they still consume between 10 and 24 gallons of water per load—and as much as 9,000 gallons per US household per year. That's a lot of water just for cleaning clothes, especially with the growing drought conditions throughout the … » 2/25/14 11:40am 2/25/14 11:40am

What Did "Automatic" Mean To The Futurists of Yesterday?

Of all the buzzwords of the retrofuture, nothing tickled the imagination of midcentury Americans quite like "automatic." Sure, the word pops up here and there in 1930s advertisements for things like the house of the future. And the word was incredibly popular during the rise of the push button at the turn of the 20th… » 8/20/13 9:55am 8/20/13 9:55am

This Clothespin Cable Car Manages to Make Laundry Day Less Depressing

You can avoid for it as long as possible, re-wearing outfits again and again, but eventually the awfulness that is laundry day will come. It's even worse if a clothesline is involved, requiring you to painstakingly hang garments instead of just cramming them all in the dryer, but this adorable cable car clothespin… » 7/05/13 1:00pm 7/05/13 1:00pm

Watch How Seriously the PR2 Robot Takes Its Laundry-Folding Directive

Even if the PR2 is aware that other robots are out there climbing, drawing, and saving lives while it's stuck at home folding towels, it doesn't let it on. It just goes about its business, folding away, slowly but surely. » 4/01/10 4:20pm 4/01/10 4:20pm

Brits Set Up Fake Laundromats with Bomb-Sniffing Washing Machines

Now here's a creative military operation: the British set up a fake Laundromat in Belfast, where they wanted to find IRA bomb-makers. They staffed the Laundromat with locals and sent out coupons to different neighborhoods, with each neighborhoods coupon a different color. When people brought their clothes and coupons… » 10/20/08 11:00am 10/20/08 11:00am

iBasket Laundry Concept is Clothes Hamper, Washer For The Lazy

Like most New Yorkers, my building has no laundry facilities of its own and, in order to get clean clothes, I have to summon the willpower to drag my brimming bag three blocks. Oh, if only I had this automated washing machine basket instead. Designed by Guopeng Liang and one of the finalists in Electrolux's Design Lab… » 8/23/08 3:30pm 8/23/08 3:30pm

Cord-o-Clip: The Clothesline Goes Version 2.0

The thing those two happy chappies are demonstrating is yet another high-tech clothes-drying device: the Cord-o-Clip. What makes this gadget whizzy? Well, you know when you go out to hang clothes on your line, and you're juggling with the laundry and a bag of pegs, maybe with a couple jammed between your teeth because… » 3/31/08 1:43pm 3/31/08 1:43pm