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Laundry Squares

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Plenty of things I don’t understand in this life. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Where do we go when we die? How many stars are really in the sky? What is beyond the farthest galaxy?

And then the big questions like why is It so hard to get laundry out of the washer and dryer? How is it that we can put a man on the moon but we can’t manage to make a machine that takes dirty laundry and washes, dries and folds it for you?

We have bots to sweep and mop the floors, cars that drive themselves and a friggin car in outer space. But we can’t get a damn laundry machine to fold clothes? Seriously, it’s just making squares out of cloth. Surely that can be automated, right?

Every so many years, at the Japanese version of the CES someone hauls on stage a giant building sized device and slowly feeds laundry into, holding the shirt or pants just so to get it in straight. It takes a physicist, 2 engineers and a duck, but look out!!!  45 minutes later, out pops a stack of 4 folded shirts.

Is this the best we can do?

Today, I give the world a challenge. Create a device that takes a pile of clothes and puts them into squares or heck, rectangles (I’m not picky). Every one that does laundry will thank you. You will be a hero to families of 3 or more and your name will go into the history books with the greats such as Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein or Thomas Crapper.


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  1. Karen

    This one is still my favorite! Can’t wait for the next article.

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