Panasonic has collaborated with Tech Company Seven Dreamers and
Japan's largest construction organisation, Daiwa House, to create
the Laundroid - the world's first fully automatic laundry-folding
The Laundroid can wash, dry and then fold your clothes. Users
won't be required to sort clothing beforehand. It has been designed
to recognise clothing patterns by scanning them, before it gets to
Attendees of the 2015 Combined Exhibition of Advanced
Technologies in Tokyo were able to watch the first live
demonstration on how the Laundroid works. A demonstrator took a
shirt, placed it into the machine, and after a few minutes, the
door opened, and a perfectly folded shirt appeared.
Panasonic says the robot will revolutionise people's lives by
simplifying household chores and allowing them more time to spend
with family or on more enjoyable activities.
The Laundroid can currently fold T-shirts, collared shirts,
shorts, trousers and towels. Developers are currently looking to
find a way to get the robot to also fold socks.
Manufacturers are exploring ways to speed up the folding machine
to go through an entire load of laundry in seven hours - allowing
users to set-up the robot before bedtime and have neatly folded
clothes ready for the morning.
The Laundroid is currently in development with the aim of
pre-launch early 2016.