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Hate Folding Laundry? Just Leave It To The Laundroid

Wouldn’t you love it if someone folded all your laundry for you?

Well, now there’s a robot that will do just that.

Behold the Laundroid, a joint collaboration between Japanese companies Daiwa House, Panasonic, and Seven Dreamers. You’ve probably heard of Panasonic, but Daiwa House is Japan’s largest homebuilder, while Seven Dreamers is a technical company that has previously worked on the “Hayabusa” spacecraft project.

Though it looks more like a closet than a garment-folding robot, it’s real, and it will really fold your clothes for you.

Using image analysis, the Laundroid identifies each garment thrown into the machine. After the machine recognizes the type of clothing, robotic processes required to fold it are set off. The Laundroid can currently fold t-shirts, collared shirts, skirts, shorts, trousers, and towels. Apparently they are still working on socks.


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The Laundroid can accommodate a load of up to 4.5 kg (about 10 lbs), which can take up to around 3-6 hours to fold. It can also fold anything from children’s clothes to adult XXXL-sized garments.

But this is still a prototype, and further development will allow the machine to fold clothes in less time than it does now. Not only that, but in 2019 the creators plan to release a final product with a full wash, dry, and fold system.


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The price is yet unknown, but we’re hoping it won’t be too expensive for us common folk that can’t afford to spend thousands on a laundry machine. Pre-orders will begin next year, followed by a release of beta models, as well as folding machines for commercial use.

If you want to see the Laundroid in action, here’s a video from the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) trade show held in Japan this year (the video is in Japanese, and the folding movements in the video are pixelated to protect their top-secret robotics technology):

By - grape Japan editorial staff.