Photo: Image courtesy of Elie Ahovi
Sick of schlepping that spiral Ikea hamper down the street, plunking down $7 to watch the spin cycle for three hours, then doing the reverse commute home to spend yet another hour folding everything up? Of course you are! That’s why we’re applauding the Orbit, an awesome waterless/noiseless/soapless washing machine concept from industrial designer Elie Ahovi.
Not only does it promise to shorten the monotonous task of cleaning your undies and gym socks, it could help cut down water usage—a good idea since our household bills might triple in 30 years—by using dry ice.
Digital Trends’ Natt Garun breaks it down:
“The Orbit cuts down on water usage by allowing dry ice to evaporate into gas and perform a pressurised blast to lift the dirt off your clothes. The chemical reaction between carbon dioxide in dry ice and grease in your clothes breaks down the particles of dirt, spinning them into oblivion.
After the dry ice has scrubbed your laundry clean in a matter of minutes, the gas is sucked back up and returns to a solid state for future washes. The grime removed from your clothes is filtered through a tube which you will have to manually clean and maintain.”
Nifty, right? Even cooler is the fact that your clothes won’t spin, but float. Thanks to a battery-filled ring at the machine’s centre, the magnetic field would make everything levitate. “The drum becomes an electromagnet, which can be controlled automatically by electrical impulses,” writes Ahovi.
The only issue, then, would be whether your cat would knock it over, getting the mess all over the floor, and if the magnetic field’s strong enough to keep the basket inside the whole time. Another concern: Would the dry ice ruin our delicate fabrics? (We’re sick of getting gouged at the dry cleaner.)
See the Orbit up close on Elie Ahovi’s site.