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A machine that folds your laundry

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level 1

if i cant dump in a pile of crumpled clothing and walk away as it does all the work its a worthless machine

level 2
483 points · 7 months ago

Screw that. I want to put it in the dryer and have it come out all folded. Why should I have to get it out?

level 3
371 points · 7 months ago

Pfffffft you guys work too hard. I wanna throw it into a chute in my bedroom and have it spit back out onto a shelf in my closet, clean and folded.

level 4

You all want to be living at your moms house still with ideas like that. But really I hate laundry too.

level 5

Laundry is by far my least favorite thing to do. Washing and cleaning the bathroom and the bedrooms? Easy! Doing the dishes? No problem! Cooking? Bothersome but not awful. Laundry? FUCK THAT SHIT

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15 points · 7 months ago

Laundry is going to be the source of the next “uber” style company that makes a big impact in society. After that is gonna be home food storage such as refrigerators. Want ten cents to put this meat in the freezer space that your house is reporting as free? Cool! Please place it in the drone recovery vehicle tomorrow when the restaurant needs it thank you!

level 7

"Open up!"

Door: "Five cents, please"

level 7

There is a Portlandia episode that literally does this.

level 7

There are Uber style maid services that can include laundry if you like.

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level 6

So I'm 26 and started doing my own laundry a year ago (yea super late, wahtever that is how it worked out) and I do not get the hatred. I dump in a bunch of clothes that are similar colors sorta, dump in a lid full of soap and little baggy of white mystery powder and let her rip for an hour, pull it out of one machine, put it in the other, let that one go for an hour, pull it all out and I'm done. During those two hours I'm playing video games or whatever and it is the easiest chore in the world. The worst part is easily the folding but like the other guy said, I'm not buying a machine to do it unless I can just dump everything into the hopper and let it chooch for a while.

level 7

I just hate wait times. The fact that I know that I'm still not done with it, but I can't do anything to speed it up, really exasperates me. When it comes to cleaning and washing stuff I know that I'll be done as soon as my own skills allow me to, but with laundry… I have absolutely no control over speed or time. One hour or so isn't nearly enough to get anything else achieved, but it's a long time to just wait. Also, folding clothes is an annoying task, but still better than waiting. I guess I'm just extremely impatient.

level 8

That is very interesting, I cannot relate to this at all unless it is something like cooking where you have to be around the food cooking to make sure it doesn't start a fire. But laundry? Once the first load is dry you can be folding that while the other loads are in the machines and with the extra time I either play some video games, or if I'm feeling very responsible and adult like, work on other chores. An hour isn't enough to finish any of them but I could vacuum until the timer goes off and stop in the middle of a room.

Anyway, I do hate waiting on things like cooking but I guess it just isn't an issue for me in regards to laundry. But folding annoys me, mostly because I still can't fold my shirts well, they all come out in slightly different shapes or sizes. My mom can fold anything super fast and gets it all exactly the same size and shape which is different for each family member so that you can fit 3 stacks of shirts in each drawer.....she even gets fitted sheets into perfect squares. I swear this is a mom skill, especially a mom that worked a decade at a clothing store.

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level 6
2 points · 7 months ago

Are you my wife?

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level 6

For me it's the other way around. For me, laundry is the easiest, most simple chore there is. Doing the dishes however... shudder I'd rather buy new ones every time!

level 6

Cleaning ladies handle the cleaning.

We both like to cook.

Laundry is the devil.

level 7

I really hate cooking because you just can't get it over with as fast as you work. It has waiting times included and that pisses me off. I always tell my SO: "look, I'll handle most housework. I don't mind cleaning up anything or organizing or doing the dishes or anything but please don't make me do the Laundry. I'll even cook.

level 8

That's the beauty of cooking, time.

Also, garlic and onions in everything!

level 5

I've been doing my own laundry since I was 10. Mom believed in making me figure stuff like that out from an early age.

level 6

Only cause she hated it and she wanted to share the misery.

level 7

That's why my kids hand wash dishes. It's been amazing how many fewer dished are used when those making them have to wash them.

level 6

If you're a mom, with kids over 7 and you're still doing laundry, you might be doing something wrong. I haven't folded laundry in many moons, thanks to pawning it off on my kids.

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level 6

I started washing my own clothes at 8 years old because I didn't like the fabric softener my mother used. A year later I mastered the iron. 10 years later folding right after drying, haven't needed an iron since.

level 5

You can just not fold the laundry. It takes a minute to dump everything in the washer, and a minute to move from washer to dryer, then just dump clothes from dryer into a bin. Fold only the ones you don't want wrinkled, t-shirts and stuff don't really wrinkle so just let them be.

level 6

I have children. This is not an option. I gotta do multiple loads and put things away. There’s always laundry and dishes. It’s like a never ending circle.

level 7

Ah I see, I don't have kids so I don't know. My laundry and dishes are usually really quick and basically all automated.

level 4

I want a machine that puts on my clothes, then takes them off, cleans them, puts them back on, etc

level 5

So, a wife?

level 6

almost

the machine doesnt complain about it

level 7

The key word here for me is want

level 7

A machine with a waifu on a touchscreen then, got it.

level 4

With a fiver in the back pocket

level 4

Why not wake up with washed and ironed clothes already on your body?

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level 3
28 points · 7 months ago

This is the early version. Panasonic has invested $60 million with a company to invent an all in one machine that washes, dries and folds. It’s supposed to be released in 2019

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/m.economictimes.com/small-biz/security-tech/technology/ces-2017-this-robot-will-help-wash-dry-and-fold-your-laundry/amp_articleshow/56415525.cms

level 4

Damn nice.

level 3
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3 points · 7 months ago

Just buy new clothes everyday, Bam instant future. (Just lie to yourself)

level 4

You could totally do this with Kohl's. They have a return policy that will let you exchange dirty clothes....

level 3

🎶I'll never fold my clothes again. Straight out of the dryer I wear them 🎶

level 3
7 points · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

According to the laws of entropy, this is technically possible. However the probability of it happens are a fat chance in hell. More likely this thing works for a few shirts, then starts chewing up all your favorite shirts and jams up.

level 4

Naw, folding machines have been around a long time. Entropy's happy because the energy powering the machine will eventually become heat. It still might eat your shirt though.

level 3

everyone knows you have to fold things before you put them in the washer to get folded clothes from the dryer.

level 3

According to the laws of probability that can happen.

Your head would probably explode upon seeing it though.

level 4

I once left a hospital just north of downtown Chicago and drove west to go home. I live in a suburb 34 miles due west of the loop.

I left at 5pm on a normal weekday. I fully expected to get home at 6:30.

I somehow hit every green light between the hospital and the highway and didn't stop once.

The highway was super light traffic and I actually did the normal speed home (may have exceeded the speed limit)

I pulled into my house at 5:30

I have experienced this phenomenon of my head wanting to explode. I seriously thought a nuclear war occurred or something happened and the radio wasn't telling me. It freaked me out.

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level 3
3 points · 7 months ago

Time to rob a bank!

level 4

Or just make a robot to rob it for you

level 3

Yeah, people don't seem to understand that identification and orientation of cloth is an exceptionally difficult machine vision problem. We can either wait a decade or more for AI to get better, or we can embrace halfway solutions in the meantime.

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level 2

Did you notice the dress shirt was buttoned up? :/

level 2

They have a version that you can do exactly that. Here it is on action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl7iNRdTncQ

level 3

Different company, but Laundroid was actually first to have a working system. An extremely slow system that's foiled by grey cloth, but still, it's a good step toward what we all ultimately want.

level 2

amen brother

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1 point · 7 months ago

if you could dump a pile of dirty clothes that washes, dries, then folds.... damn

level 2

My thoughts exactly. Kinda like those toilet seat covers where you have to tear out the perforations before you can sit. Why the hell are they like that. Useless. So I always just lay down toilet paper.

level 2

This is probably going to be targeted towards the commercial market and not the consumer market.

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level 1
420 points · 7 months ago

They can't make a printer that doesn't get paper jams what is this thing gonna do

level 2

Pajama jams

level 3

Pajama 'jama 'jama jams.

level 4

jammies

level 3

Pajama Load Letter

level 4
12 points · 7 months ago

"PJ LOAD LETTER"?! WTF does that mean?!

level 3

Jammie jams

level 3

Pajama grams?

level 2
22 points · 7 months ago

I was thinking the same. Imagine tearing up all your clothes because you try to get it out of an inaccessible spot in the machine.

level 3

Oops these pants have a string on them.. now it's jammed and on fire

level 4

Shouldn't have been a liar liar then

level 4

You just described my afternoon.

level 2
3 points · 7 months ago

Shredder mode engaged.

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level 1

That's nice. Can you show it fold stuff other than ironed shirts? Crinkled shit, pants, the weird ass shaped shit that women wear?

level 2

Show me it folding a fitted sheet and I'll buy it right now.

level 3

It literally took me months to figure out how to fold fitted sheets. Now that I can do it reliably, I will tell you now. You’re still going to have to either re-dry or iron the sheet once you unfold it. Don’t even bother.

level 4
128 points · 7 months ago

Oh no, my sheets are wrinkled -no one

level 5
3 points · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

Do wrinkly sheets not bother you? I’m pretty sure ironing sheets is a common thing. I don’t think it’s only me...

Anyone?

Edit: Okay since people are telling me how weird I am, I do NOT iron all of my sheets. If they come straight out of the dryer, I put them straight on the bed. I only iron or steam sheets that have become wrinkled messes in the closet.

level 6

Is it? I wouldn't dream of ironing my sheets. I don't even iron my shirts. I hang them in the bathroom for the steam to unwrinkle.

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level 6

Your sheet will be naturally ironed by your body heat while stretched out by the mattress.

level 6

I think my grandma did. She was second generation Italian, so she also made her own bread and pasta and got milk delivered in glass bottles. This was in like 2000.
But I don't even iron my clothes.

level 7

I also make bread and pasta (on occasion, not for weeknight dinners), and oddly enough my suburban LA family got milk delivered until I was in high school, but only in normal plastic jugs. I hate ironing with a passion, but I still do it sometimes. Usually only dress shirts. I’m only 23 but I did this throughout college too.

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level 6

It would never occur to me do that.

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level 3

Alright now you’re asking the impossible

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level 2

Women's clothing.... if I fold the clothes I just throw my gfs shirts in a pile and angrily point at them like the monkey from family guy when my gf walks into the room.

level 3

Sometimes I've even had to take an item to my wife to ask wtf it is as I can't figure out which body part it goes on.

level 4

I've tossed one shirt around 30 times looking for what I imagined to be the hole that the body goes into.... there was 8 by my count.

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level 2

Stick your dick in it, see if it comes out as an origami swan.

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level 1
145 points · 7 months ago

PC Load Shirt, what the fuck does that mean?

level 2

"Why does it say pants jam when there is no pants jam!?"

level 2

Comment of the day! Heheh

level 2

This comment will never get the love it deserves.

level 2

Don't worry guys, i won't tell anyone...

level 2

Amazing - watched it last night!

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level 1

Slower than a human and still requires a human to operate.

level 2

Thing probably costs an absurd amount of money too.

level 3

You can preorder for just below $1000

level 3

Wife showed me a video with a link last night. $980

level 4

that is an appetizing price, i hope its really loud

level 3
7 points · 7 months ago

If they can make a dryer that folds laundry then they've got my money.

level 2
20 points · 7 months ago

Two humans, one person to load the laundry plus the little man inside who folds it.

level 2

I certainly can't fold at even half that speed, so this thing is likely for people like me.

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level 1

The clothes look like they've been through a mangle first. Pressed VERY tightly, even though it looks like they tried to make it seem it was just out of the drier.

And what's with the folded clothes being presented, then pulled back?

level 2

I think it retracts when he adds another shirt into the feeder.

level 3

But the shirt under the top one s/b the first shirt we see entering, yet it's color looks off. I think this is a demo for a trade show, not a working model.

level 4

It's really just Peter Dinklage inside the box

level 4

Good catch!

level 2

The bottom tray slides back and forth as it deposits folded items on it. This is the very first working prototype they've shown since announcing it a year ago, so I'm sure they did everything they could to the clothes to make it appear to go smoothly.

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27 points · 7 months ago

You know how frustrated you are with your printer and how often it jams? Yeah... That, except it has the shirt you need for work tomorrow and one of your wife's favourite blouses.

level 2
7 points · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

You fuck up that blouse and you're in big trouble.

I hate that word: blouse.

level 3

Game. Blouses.

level 1
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level 2

Party in the dog house! Should I bring beer and an N64?

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level 1

But how does it get the clothes on my body?

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level 1

Someone could gift me one of these machines and the pile of clean clothes would still sit on my chair for weeks.

level 1

Yes, but can if fold fitted sheets?

level 2

Yes, but can if fold fitted sheets?

The Devils Own bed-linen. :'(

level 1

I work at an industrial laundromat and we have something similar, but with much higher throughput. They're called braun machines, but i think thats just Because theyre made by a company called braun. It can take one item every 3 seconds or so. But they do indeed still require human operation.

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level 1

If only it was faster than just doing it yourself.

level 2

Umm it is, and it means I don't actually have to. Which is the part were trying to skip here

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level 1
3 points · 7 months ago

Shut up and take my money!

level 1

Clothes? Pffft. Call me when there's one for fitted sheets, those were made by one of the Great old ones to drive me insane.

level 1
11 points · 7 months ago

Its literally quicker to do them yourself

level 2

Even if it is, that means actually folding it my self which is worse then clipping some shirts to something

level 2
  • but easierI think

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level 1

I didn't see the sign behind the machine, I just saw the label on the bottom of the machine and though it read "FoldMiRite".

level 1

I have one of those too but a different kind!

It's called my arms!

level 2
1 point · 7 months ago

Mine is called "Mom".

level 1

U usually either leave my clothes in the drier the whole week or transfer them to my laundry basket and then just sort through that when I need clothes.

level 1

I have a feeling every now and then it may damage clothing.

level 1
2 points · 7 months ago

What company make this? Where can I get one at?

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level 1

Hell yeah! One, please.

level 1
2 points · 7 months ago

What witchcraft is this!? TAKE MY SOUL - NOW!!

level 1

I can fold a shirt faster than this thing can accept one from the person handing them in one by one.

level 1

"The future is now, thanks to science!"

level 1

To shreds you say?

level 1

Or you know..... put that shit on hangers

level 1

Ew, who folds their shirts? I switched to hangers years ago it’s been going well.

level 1

I'm pretty sure that thing would choke on one of my 7xl shirts.

level 1

I want to see what a jam looks like in this thing.

level 1

This is the future!

level 1

was expecting them to come out as shreds. am slightly disappoint.

level 2

I want my laundry shredder to cross-cut my clothes as it shreds. That should make it easier to get rid of the evidence.

level 1

Seems harder than just folding it

level 1
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1 point · 7 months ago

Take my money now.

level 1
level 1

This would be great for Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh. They don’t wear pants.

level 1

This was just on here yesterday different video

level 1

It looks like it's full of toilet paper rolls.

level 1

How lazy do some people have to be...

level 1

There is just some kid in there earning $1.00 per day.

level 1

I have a magic laundry basket that I just put all my stuff in and its all done the next day.

level 1

Just don't confuse it with your paper shredder...

level 1

Nope. That shit’s gonna eat my new jeans the second I touch it, I know it.

level 1

But.. does it IRON them?

level 1

Fold tide!

level 1

Wow

level 1

Where do I find one if these?

level 1

Yea, but can it fix me a sandwich like the one I currently have?

level 1

I run a chain of laundromats. We come to your home or office, pick up your dirty laundry and return it the next day washed, dried, folded or hung for $1.75 per lb. wash em up laundromat, Midland Tx

level 1

The fact you have to put the shirts in one by one makes this worthless.

level 1

I’ll wait till version 5.0 when it makes sandwiches and gives blowjobs

level 1

Laundry is my favourite chore. I find folding clothes very relaxing 😎

level 1

Where can I buy this magical device

level 1

Is my mother standing in that machine? Be honest.

level 1

Didn't the Jetsons have one of these?

level 1

What a nightmare

level 1

No one else going to say anything about how the turquoise shirt he put in before isn’t down below underneath the plaid shirt?

level 1

We grow lazier everyday.

level 1

This is interesting because laundry folding is actually a very difficult problem to design a machine to solve

level 1

Wow that's really slow cardboard and ducktape is actually faster and cheaper(I think)

level 1

Great! Now I can break up with my girlfriend!

level 1

This is cool and all, but fuck, that's an expensive way to be lazy. Just fold your clothes. 🤦🏽‍♀️

level 1

If I still have to carefully feed the machine it's not doing anything I want it to do. I want to throw a pile in the top and have everything folded.

level 1

Pack up everyone!!! We did it!

level 1

We can't even consistently make printers that don't eat paper. There's no way I would trust thing with anything other than the cheap stuff that's quicker to fold than inserting it into this machine.

level 1

Is no one really noticing the first shirt isn't even in the pile? There's no proof it even works lol

level 1

Third time on the front page in a week, I smell fuckery

level 1

I didn't realize how many people are professional clothes folders in these comment

level 1

Damn, 2018 seem to be promising

level 1

I have one of these. Mine is called girlfriend

level 1
1 point · 7 months ago

Sadly the first thought in my head was: "What could possibly go wrong?" followed by the Office Space scene involving "PC Load Letter? What does that mean?!"

level 1

Someone is going to stick their dick in there and ruin it for everyone.

level 1

This machine is definitely going to result in at least 2 people locked out of their house butt-naked.

level 1

B-b-button? I didn't see no b-b-b-button

level 1

I have multiple teenagers. To me, this is the greatest machine I’ve ever seen.

level 1

What a time to be alive

level 1

I'm sorry, do you see a robot in here named FOOOLDER? hehehehe.

level 1

Worthless. It'll only be useful when you can throw a pile of unorganized clothes into it. Even then it'll probably need to be part of your washer/dryer before it's really worth it.

level 1

I was gonna say "how hard is it to fold laundry?" But actually, if someone had mobility issues or other issues that could make it hard to take care of themselves this could actually be great for their independence

level 1

lazy ass biggas

level 1
level 1

What has this world come to

level 1

Brooooooooooooooooo

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