Published On: Mon, Jul 4th, 2016

Can’t stand folding piles of laundry? Israeli Start-up Launches Laundry Folding Robot

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“Did you know that the typical person spends 750 days of their life doing laundry, of which 375 days is folding!” 

Home appliances giant Whirpool claim that 46 percent of homeowners dream of an appliance that can fold their clothes.

Israeli startup FoldiMate, come to fulfil your wild dream: a laundry folding machine. This robot simplifies and automates the folding process. 10 seconds to fold one garment and de-wrinkle an item in 20-30 seconds. The machine also comes with an option to perfume or soften your clothes while they’re being folded.

“Your laundry-folding friend, ” is 32-inch tall, 28-inch wide. The device can fit into most laundry rooms and is designed to sit atop a normal washer or dryer.

 

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Founded in 2012 by Israeli CEO Gal Rozov, FoldiMate is now headquartered in San Francisco. The company raised $500, 000 seed money from founder Rozov, as well as from two private investors Robert Ford and Hillel Greenberg.

Now hold your horses: the first prototipe is not a machine you dump piles of clothes into and expect to see them clean an folded in your closet. No. You still need to clip on the garments onto it yourself.

 

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It’s not yet a machine that sorts your clothes by type – shirt, pants, sweaters – or by color. It doesn’t fold towels, socks, underwear, or any of those apparently irregular shapes.

The company is taking emails to be alerted for pre-orders in 2017,  with first shipments expected in 2018. Retail between $700 to $850.

Over 108, 000 people have already pre-ordered the robot friend.

 

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