Folding laundry is a time-consuming task that few people look forward to. However, three powerhouse companies in Japan have banded together to create Landroid, the world’s first laundry-folding robot.
The machine is designed to look like a regular cupboard and is a joint project between homebuilder Daiwa House, electronics company Panasonic, and tech company Seven Dreamers, which worked on the “hayabusa” asteroid spacecraft.
The companies gave a demonstration of the robot at the annual Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) trade show in Japan.
The interior of the robot was heavily pixelated during the presentation to keep its technology a secret.
The robot can fold most articles of clothing except for socks, which remain its biggest challenge. The makers are looking to fix the issue by the time the machine is released.
A full load of laundry will take roughly seven hours to fold, so owners of the robot could put their clothes in before bedtime and have a fresh set of folded clothes by the time they wake up, according to Rocket News.
The Landroid will be accepting pre-orders for beta models and machines for commercial use sometime next year. The makers plan to release the final product for home use in 2019.