Japan unveils Laundroid, the world's first laundry-folding robot

posted on October 13, 2015

If there's a menial task that takes up a substantial amount of time, you can bet Japan is developing a robot for it.

So far we've seen gems like the 24-fingered hair-washing robot, the floor-cleaning bot and the robot that feeds you tomatoes while you run.

Now, a new generation of self-automated robotic assistance is set to make life easier for families in the very near future, with an amazing new machine that folds your laundry.

This impressive new piece of technology, called the Laundroid, is a joint collaboration between Japan's largest homebuilder, Daiwa House, Panasonic, and Seven Dreamers, a technical company that previously worked on the "Hayabusa" asteroid spacecraft and now wants to deliver "space quality" technology and products to people on earth.

By using image analysis, the machine is able to identify the type of clothing received, which then sets off the robotic processes required to fold the garment. Currently, the machine can fold T-shirts, collared shirts, skirts, shorts, trousers and towels. Socks remain the robot's biggest challenge, although the makers aim to have this sorted by the time the machine is released.

source by newsonjapan
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