04. 06. 2006
The Traveller portable washing machine
I don't know how well this portable, collapsible washing machine works, but if it works well, I can imagine a few situations where it would come in handy. Though it may be designed for travel, I can see having one of these if I lived in a tiny apartment in the middle of Seoul or even a studio apartment in New York ((like the East Village hovel my sister used to rent). Even if you send out larger loads of laundry to a laundromat, there are times when you'd want to wash out a few small things (panties, bras, socks).
It weighs just 4.4 pounds, and can hold 1.7 gallons of water when inflated. Apparently, it'll be out in June and available from Astone for $70. I couldn't locate information about how it operates, though I would guess it runs on batteries.
As for design, I prefer the whimsical look of the egg-shaped portable washer Jenna wrote about here on Popgadget.