A German company has built the world’s first washing machine that talks and recognises spoken commands.

The machine introduces itself to users as “Hermine”.

Speech recognition software allows it to understand even complex commands like: “Pre-wash, then a hot wash at 95 degrees, spin at 1400 rotations, and start in half an hour.”

Speaking in a friendly woman’s voice, Hermine also gives advice on which washing agent to use or how to get chewing gum or wax stains out.

To those who have never done their own laundry before, she explains how to sort clothes and how to load the machine.