The world has come one step closer to the realization of The Jetsons’ Rosie the robot maid.
Japanese robotics and healthcare concern Seven Dreamers has conjured up a high-tech solution to the mundane bane of folding laundry.
Its recently developed Laundroid device employs image analysis, artificial intelligence and robotics to relieve consumers of their post-wash-and-dry chores.
It works like this: users place a freshly laundered load in the bottom drawer of an armoire-like cabinet and hit the start button. Laundroid’s mechanical arms then lift and spread each article for identification, and fold, sort and stack them on the cabinet’s shelves by item type (pants, shirts, towels) or by household member (mom, dad, Johnny).
The Tokyo-based “lifestyle innovations” company, led by president/CEO Shin Sakane, was founded in 2011 as an offshoot of Super Resin, a 60-year-old producer of composite materials for industrial and aerospace applications.
Development of Laundroid began in 2005 as a way to free up the 9,000 hours spent folding laundry on average in a lifetime, and 10 years later a prototype was introduced at CEATEC Japan. Now U.S.-household ready, the product will make its domestic debut next month at CES, where it and Sakane will take up residence in South Hall 2 of the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth 25620.
Laundroid will be available here in 2018. And the price? As they say, if you have to ask you probably can’t afford it (MSRP: $16,000).