‘Laundroid’ Robot Will Wash, Dry, Sort, Fold and Neatly Arrange Clothes

Published by , December 5, 2016 6:55 am

(DenverPost)  Shin Sakane, a Japanese inventor received 6 billion yen ($53 million) from partners, including Panasonic Corp., last month to advance “the Laundroid” a robot that will wash and dry garments, and also sort, fold and neatly arrange them. The refrigerator-size device eventually could fill the roles of washing machine, dryer and clothes drawer in people’s homes. While the full product is slated for release in 2019, an early version that can only sort and fold clothing will go on sale worldwide in March.
Sakane wouldn’t disclose how Laundroid works, but patents show that users dump clothes in a lower drawer and robotic arms grab each item as scanners look for features such as buttons or a collar. Once identified, the clothes are folded using sliding plates and neatly stacked on upper shelves for collection.

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