The automatic domestic washing machine has been the staple way to clean clothes in the western world since the 1930s. However a new technology on the horizon may well disrupt the washing machines’ ‘comfortable’ place within our homes.
‘Dolfi’ is a high-tech gadget that uses ultrasonic technology to convert a small body of water, (think sink or bucket, not lake) into a dirt-busting washing machine.
The convenient device looks like a little bar of soap. Just drop it in the water, switch it on and powerful ultrasonic waves will travel through water, creating, high pressure bubbles that push the detergent through the fabric.
It can be used on any type of fabric and is energy-efficient. It requires 80 times less power than a standard washing machine.
German entrepreneur Lena Solis came up with the idea after she found it difficult to get her clothes washed during a trip away from home:
“The idea of Dolfi came after a few terrible experiences with laundry during my extensive travels.
We want people to have more fun on their travels rather than stress about costly laundry service, or spend time searching for coin laundries, or even waste luggage space packing extra clean clothing.”
Solis has since run an Indiegogo campaign that raised $974,71. This was 428% of their original target, meaning there is clearly demand for the device. It is still under production, however interested parties can pre-order the Dolfi for just $109 per unit.