You would think that living in the 21st century would mean that we would no longer have to deal with mundane tasks like washing dishes. Even the best dishwashers have trouble getting the dirt off sometimes. But, the Swedish design studio, Tomorrow Machine, has a brilliant solution: dishes that clean themselves.
More accurately, the plate and bowl never get dirty at all. They are coated with a super-hydrophobic material like that found in nature on lotus leaves. The material repels water on the molecular scale, never letting anything actually stick to or completely touch the surface of the dishes. To wash them, all you have to do is tip the crumbs or leftovers off – you don’t even have to wipe them.
The dishes are tough enough that they won’t break when you drop them, and they are lighter than traditional ceramic plates. The project was commissioned by the Swedish Foreign Industries Commission. Their goal was to use natural materials in the making of futuristic objects that will not only make our lives easier in the future, but reduce humans’ effect on the planet.