It doesn’t matter if you live in a sprawling mansion or a tiny apartment, one thing is for sure, you know laundry day will be a long and laborious task. But a new concept washing machine, developed for this year’s Electrolux Design Challenge, aims to change that. This is the Luna Wash, the in-hamper washing machine.
Two design students named Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You traveled from their homes in Los Angeles to Cerro Verde, a 30,000 person slum outside of Lima about a year ago. As students in the celebrated Design Matters program at Art Center College of Design, which focuses on social innovation, they had come to Cerro Verde as part of a special studio called Safe Agua Peru. Their goal? Develop a commercial product that alleviates issues related to water poverty, targeted at people who earn between $4 and $10 a day. (Video)
New technology can make life’s most tedious tasks more interesting. Take laundry, for example. The Orbit is a waterless washing machine, which levitates your clothes and scrub them clean with dry ice in a matter of minutes.
A space laundry machine designed by UMPQUA (left) and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the Moon (right).
What if you could put dirty clothes into a washing machine, leave, and only coming back once the freshly cleaned clothes have been dried out by microwaves. That out-of-this-world-laundry concept could someday become a reality for astronauts and space explorers headed for the moon, asteroids or Mars.