Nearly 15 years ago, I rented a ground floor apartment with no washing machine. When my future mother-in-law suggested I get familiar with the route to the nearest Laundromat, I actually laughed out loud. Instead, I got a full-size washing machine that my soon-to-be husband hooked up to the kitchen sink. The washer wasn't really designed for that--the shaking of the spin cycle nearly wrenched the sink from the wall more than once. There was also the minor issue of not having any room to actually cook in my kitchen, but I am much less opposed to eating out … Read more
Sure, saving water is great and all, and everybody loves the environment, but a new technology coming out of Leeds University might allow for millions of apartment dwellers to finally have their own washing machine and dryer.
I don't know about the U.K., but here in the States, I've found many apartments simply are not set up for installing a washer and dryer. Landlords typically pay the water bill, so even if the infrastructure is there, the enthusiasm for laundry capabilities usually is not.
All that is set to change if this new washing machine works as … Read more
Good concept: Footlume runs lights up your steps http://dvice.com/archives/2008/03/footlume_run_li.php
Toilet-mounted washing machine for less water wastage http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2008/03/toiletmounted_w.html
ApriPoko: a robotic universal remote that has a question http://dvice.com/archives/2008/03/apripoko_a_robo.php
ASCII curtains let you get geeky with home decor http://www.popgadget.net/2008/03/get_geeky_with.php… Read more
There are many reasons to do your laundry: grass stains, spilled wine, and the sloppiest of Joes. But if you find yourself doing loads mostly because you've been sitting around the house sweating up a stank, then here is the ultimate godsend for you.
The Toshiba TW-3000VE washing machine also packs in an air-conditioning unit.
According to the Gizmodiva write-up (translated from Japanese), the machine not only washes your socks, but also cools the air in your laundry room and keeps it clear of mold.
The machines won't separate your lights and darks automatically, but it will be … Read more
Being of a somewhat fastidious nature here at Crave, we've been delighted to see such advances in hand-cleaning systems as touchless faucets for the home and Dyson's "Airblade" hand-drying machine. There's just one minor complication: They work only if people use them.
That's where the "Speechpod" comes in. It's sort of a surrogate mom, always at the ready to nag us to wash our hands when its sensors detect a human in the vicinity, according to the Gadget Blog.
At present it's designated only for medical facilities, which reportedly have … Read more
Most of the submergible peripherals we've seen to date are keyboards, but now there's a mouse to go with them. Belkin's cleverly named "Washable Mouse" can take extended bubble baths because of a unique design that places uses a "scroll pad" instead of the usual wheel, according to Gizmodo.
This comes as good news to those of us in … Read more
LG -- a leader in almost every industry that involves electricity -- has unveiled a new washing machine that promises to rival that hunk-a-junk you have whirling away in your basement.
The washing machine houses a 32-bit DSP chip and ball-balance technology that significantly reduces barrel vibration. How well do those technologies work you ask? According to the company, the outside of the washing machine moves only 0.1mm when it's turned on.
Unfortunately there isn't too much information available for this machine. But what we do know is the cleaner should achieve 20 percent less power consumption … Read more
As CrunchGear observes, LG's newly patented appliance would most assuredly sound better than the loud drone of a laundry cycle, whether it's on spin or rinse. The best part of all? The prospect of the RIAA going after neighborhood Laundromats.
It seems particularly ironic that Haier--a company known for such hernia-inducing products as refrigerators and washing machines--would claim to produce "the world's smallest GSM phone featuring an MP3 player." But as Shiny Shiny notes, the world's smallest anything is claimed all the time, regardless of product or manufacturer.
Regardless of its Guinness status (the records, Caroline, not the stout), Haier's "Elegance" measures 3.5 inches long and features a Bluetooth stereo and either dual-band (U.S.) or tri-band GSM (Europe) technology, though there's no word of any camera. More than the specs, … Read more