Folding clothes have always been one of the things that humans dislike doing (obviously, doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen counter being firsts in the league). And now, understanding the problem, California-based robotics start-up FoldiMate has come up with a solution. A robot that folds your clothes and it costs USD 1000! FoldiMate is building a machine that can fold your laundry without giving you any trouble. It also showcases a prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The final product will be shipped during the late 2019.
The robot will fold shirts, blouses, pants including children’s clothes and upto an adult’s XXL wear. It also folds towels, pillowcases and small items like baby clothes, socks and underwear. It also folds large or bulky things like bedsheets or hoodies. Foldimate takes time between two and four minutes to fold around 20 to 40 items, according to the robotics company.
According to the FoldiMate website, the product is expected to cost USD 980. Talking about their product, Gal Rozov, the founder and CEO, on the FoldiMate website says, “I started this journey seven years ago with a humble goal: to help out with laundry folding in my home. After recently trying out one of our early prototypes, my kids started fighting over who will be using FoldiMate when we’ll have it in our house.”
Watch how the machine works:
However, the robot cannot fold small items like underwear and large ones like linen. After folding all the clothes, the clothes are folded, it is released from the machine in a neat pile. The company has raised USD 3 million in seed funding from an undisclosed collection of investors. While we hail the innovation, is spending USD 1000 on a machine that just folds clothes worth it?