Laundry-loathing city dwellers have plenty of apps at their disposal to whisk away dirty clothes and return them clean and folded, often at a relatively steep price. But what about those in rural areas who also hate folding?
Enter Laundroid, a clothes-folding robot that's been under development since 2005. Seven Dreamers, the Japanese firm behind it, recently started taking reservations at $16,500 a pop in Japan, according to Engadget, and they make wash-and-fold fees look downright cheap by comparison.
Seven Dreamers previously promised to sell Laundroid in the US. Given the company's glacial development pace, we're not sure exactly when that will happen, but along with the launch of reservations in Japan, the company teased a bit more about what you can look forward to as you feed your piggy bank in anticipation of Laundroid's arrival stateside.
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As you'd expect from an internet-connected device in 2017 that costs five figures, the Laundroid can do a lot more than just fold clothes. Early models will be integrated with several IoT devices, including the Cerevo voice-recognition desk lamp, which will allow you to start and stop laundry folding with your voice.
Taking its cues from Amazon's Echo Look, Laundroid will also examine the clothes you wear via its built-in camera and suggest new threads it thinks you'll like (Seven Dreamers is partnering with a monthly clothes rental service to power this feature). The bot will also store the outfits you wear regularly so they're ready to go quickly—no more digging through your closet.
Seven Dreamers did not announce integration with any mainstream voice assistants available in the US, including Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant, or Amazon's Alexa. We'll likely see support for those added when—if?—Laundroid goes on sale in the US.
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