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Hate folding your laundry? There’s a robot who’ll do it for you

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  • 2016

We have machines to wash and dry our clothes but what about the other boring laundry stuff? Like folding, ironing and putting away all clothing items neatly into wardrobes?

While we laundry loathers can only dream of such an existence, there’s a gizmo that could ease the pain a little.

FoldiMate, a California-based start-up, has built a robot whose main purpose is to fold your freshly laundered items of clothing (yes, really!).

FoldiMate.

(FoldiMate)

In addition to that, the machine can also “dewrinkle” and “perfume” your shirts and dresses so your clothes will smell nicer than ever.

Described as “your laundry folding friend”, the machine uses a conveyor belt, robotic arms and an adjustable tray that slides out with neatly folded items of clothing in less than a minute.

“FoldiMate is like having a friend that folds the laundry for you,” says the company’s website. “All you have to do is easily feed it using our patented Easy Clipping technology which takes about three seconds.”

FoldiMate.

(FoldiMate)

The device works by placing the garments on its integrated rack and letting it know what type of clothing it is using with the available buttons.

FoldiMate will figure out the size, the thickness of the fabric and whether it is long-sleeve or short-sleeve and adjust accordingly.

The company says it takes about 10 seconds to fold each garment and an extra 20 to 30 seconds to steam out the wrinkles. Housed inside the machine are capsules that will “perfume, soften and sanitise” all your clothing.

FoldiMate.

(FoldiMate)

The rack can hold about 15 to 20 pieces at a time, but unfortunately, it won’t be able to solve all your folding woes.

You will still have to deal with bed linen, undergarments and socks.

“FoldiMate will fold and treat most of your laundry (e.g. shirts, pants, towels),” adds the company’s website. “Except for large items like linen or small items like underwear or socks.”

The machine, which is is Wi-Fi enabled, is currently in the prototype stage.

It is expected to be released in 2017 and retail around $850 (£590).

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