Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Washing, drying and folding – the bain of our existence – might become less of a chore, thanks to a contraption that automates that tedious third step.
A San Francisco-based start-up called FoldiMate seeks to revolutionize the process of turning mounds of laundry into steamed, scented and neatly folded items of clothing.
The 2011 brainchild of Israeli product and software exec Gal Rozov, a self-described “21st century lifestyle evangelist,” the FoldiMate is generating a lot of buzz, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Almost 58,000 people have registered on the company’s website, which has gone live for less than a month. The 3-foot-high robot will be available for pre-order in 2017 — with first shipments expected in 2018.
The device – which will come with a hefty price tag of between $700 and $850 – will detect what kind of garments are inside the machine and then fold them, the Telegraph reported.
It will take the robot 10 seconds to fold and an additional 20 to 30 seconds to de-wrinkle each item via a steam function, the Jerusalem Post reported. It will hold up to 20 pieces of clothing at a time.
But some kinks still need to be ironed out with FoldiMate, including its inability to fold underwear and larger items like sheets, as well as the need to clip clothing items individually onto trays.
“The response has been amazing,” Rozov told US Weekly. “We have had some very funny comments on the social networks, such as ‘shut up and take my money!’”
FoldiMate is not the first laundry-folding robot to be rolled out. In October, the Japanese “Laundroid” was unveiled with a demonstration at a tech trade show in Tokyo, the Telegraph reported.