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Hate Doing Laundry? This Is the Robot for You

  • Laundroid aims to recognize, sort and fold individual garments
  • Machine will one day wash, dry and put clothes into a drawer
A prototype of a Laundroid laundry folding bot developed by Seven Dreamers Laboratories.

A prototype of a Laundroid laundry folding bot developed by Seven Dreamers Laboratories.

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg
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Hate doing laundry? Shin Sakane has a solution.

The Japanese inventor received 6 billion yen ($53 million) from partners, including Panasonic Corp., last month to advance “the Laundroid” -- a robot Sakane is developing to not only wash and dry garments, but also sort, fold and neatly arrange them. The refrigerator-size device could eventually fill the roles of washing machine, dryer and clothes drawer in people’s homes.