After a few hiccups last year, a company has finally ironed out some of the problems with its laundry folding machine.
As technology has developed over the decades, inventors have come up with more and more ways to make household chores a lot easier. Once upon a time, there was no such thing as a washing machine. Can you imagine having to wash all of your clothes by hand? We can't even deal with the much easier task of washing our dishes by hand, hence the invention of the dishwasher.
No matter how much help we have from machines around the house, much like in other walks of life, it is never enough. We are certainly not complaining, by the way. The more robots we have to do our chores for us the better. That's why the unveiling of a machine that can fold our laundry for us has very much perked our interest.
As reported by The Verge, Foldimate showed off its product at CES recently. As you can see below, the contraption looks a little bit like a printer. However, rather than giving it paper, you hand it a t-shirt or a pair of trousers. Just five seconds later, you'll be given your item of clothing back neatly folded and ready to be put away. Foldimate claims it could get through an entire load of laundry in less than five minutes.
It has not been plain sailing on this project for Foldimate. In fact, this is the third time that the company has exhibited a laundry folding machine at CES but the first time it has had this much success. Last year, Foldimate's offering was a non-working prototype, while its $16,000 Laundroid rival was fooled by a black t-shirt.
There is a little bit of bad news. As of right now, Foldimate's machine can't handle small items such as baby clothes or large items like bedsheets. It is also going to be fairly expensive if and when it hits the market. Foldimate is trying its best to keep the cost at less than $1000. With that kind of price tag, it's probably an item more suited to a laundromat than a home.