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(Some Guy)   "You've got laundry." New laundromat system connects to email, cell phones or PDAs to alert you when a washing machine is ready   (betanews.com ) divider line
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2005-08-24 10:28:53 AM  
Reminds me of South Park's Underpants Gnomes...
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2005-08-24 10:35:03 AM  
MooseBayou: The wash only takes about 7-8 minutes. Detergents need this much time to dissolve stains. It's all catalytic, I guess. The rinsing of the detergent takes 2 cycles of about 5 minutes each. The rest of the time is filling & emptying the washer.

So, maybe they could make a machine that does the 7-8 minute catalytic thing, then follow it up with turbo powered rinse and extract cycles...

I think maybe they're in cahoots with Power & Water utilities.

Design the new machines so that they consume twice the amount of power as the old ones.
/Everybody wins!
 
2005-08-24 10:35:17 AM  
zvoidx, check this out:
http://www.memagazine.org/backissues/march98/features/energy/energy.h​t​ml

"EPRI engineers are currently developing a countertop microwave dryer that is expected to dry small loads of clothing faster and more efficiently than conventional dryers."
 
2005-08-24 10:37:51 AM  
Keeps them from immersing themselves in soap operas and wandering away from their duties.
 
2005-08-24 10:39:07 AM  
I want one of the combination washer/dryers. It saves room and time.
http://www.thorappliances.com/thorModels/Thor/index.php
 
2005-08-24 10:41:52 AM  
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Here I am... brain the size of a planet... here making sure you know when your dirty washing is done.

Oh, God, I'm so depressed.
 
2005-08-24 10:42:59 AM  
sh0x: zvoidx, check this out:
http://www.memagazine.org/backissues/march98/features/energy/energy.ht​ml


heh-heh...thanks.

[image from memagazine.org too old to be available]
EPRI engineers are currently developing a countertop microwave dryer that is expected to dry small loads of clothing faster and more efficiently than conventional dryers.
 
2005-08-24 10:45:48 AM  
STOP HOOKING EVERYTHING UP TO THE FARKING INTERNET!!!!!!

seriously, we can't even get a handle on email and browsers. Hackers are already taking out our cell phones with viruses. I'll be damned if I'm going to allow a laundry machine in my house that can hacked.
 
2005-08-24 10:53:34 AM  
Well, I must say, It's about time. What a great time to be alive! Boy, was this ever needed!
um....too much sarcasm?
I think it should be MS Windows based just so when it crashes, you will somehow have to simultaniously have to touch the washer, dryer and the kitchen sink to reboot it.
 
2005-08-24 10:53:38 AM  
Just stick a damn web camera in the laundrymat. Why all the added unnecessary technology?
 
2005-08-24 10:54:52 AM  
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2005-08-24 11:06:55 AM  
How about a device that says, "Look out, the effwit before you just washed a load of gum, crayons, and caramels," in a sexy robot voice?

And another that says, "Hey duncefarmer, thanks for shaking out your reek-ass dog blanket in the communal laundry room. Don't bother cleaning up after yourself."

And another that automatically locks the laundry room door and fills the room with scalding water or a really farkin' randy rhinoceros or bubbly lava or or or or
 
2005-08-24 11:09:15 AM  
On the subject of "missing socks"

I know EXACTLY where they go. The dryer hides them. A couple of years ago, my dryer died. I said WTF...let me take it apart and see if there are any usable parts.

Lo and behold...outside and under the drum, at the back of the case...a double handful of socks, almost all singles. And about $4 in bills & change. All balled up with a bunch of lint. (probably a fire waiting to happen)

Seems the seal around the drum had failed a little, and stuff would get caught, and eventually pulled outside the drum.

Now you know. The dryers are trying to piss us off. They're in cahoots with the couch, which eats keys and remotes, and with the junk drawer in the kitchen, which is actually a tiny black hole.

/most of this is true
//the black hole is not yet verified
 
2005-08-24 11:17:40 AM  
smedrick

"My dryer doesn't take a predetermined amount of time to dry clothes.(...) I know you're so much better than everyone, but you seem to be a bit behind in technology."

Coin operated machines at a laundromat run according to a timer. Mine is 8 minutes per $0.25. Again, I set my watch and come back in whatever time i set it to (i.e. 6 quaters x 8 minutes per = 48 minutes). In your case I am going to go out on a limb here and say that your machine will *probably* takes between 40-54 minutes to dry a load of laundry completely. Set your watch to 45 minutes and you are golden.

And thank you for agreeing with me, I *am* better than most people - I have no problem admitting to this...and the fact that i am behind on laundromat technology just reinforces this perception. There are certain things which being up-to-date on simply indicates a substandard intellect...celebrity marriages, reality TV, laundry technology, NASCAR, video games - the list goes on and on.
 
2005-08-24 11:20:34 AM  
This is nothing. How about a refrigerator that turns into an oven, and then can cook your prepared food on a timer, or via the web, or via telephone?

Connect Io Intelligent Oven
 
2005-08-24 11:21:34 AM  
YouPeopleAreCrazy
"Now you know. The dryers are trying to piss us off. They're in cahoots with the couch, which eats keys and remotes, and with the junk drawer in the kitchen, which is actually a tiny black hole."

*applause*

You sir, are comedy gold...deep fried comedy gold.
 
2005-08-24 11:52:49 AM  
Right up there with the briefcase case and the battery operated battery replacer. POINTLESS.
 
2005-08-24 12:02:18 PM  
 
2005-08-24 12:06:06 PM  
Open the washing machine door.

I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.
 
2005-08-24 12:07:33 PM  
I thought this magical device to let you know that your laundry was done was called a wristwatch. Also suitable the wall-mount model called the clock. But that's just me.
 
2005-08-24 12:30:21 PM  
bigbadideasinaction

You never know what relativistic effects you might be subject to on the planet earth and you know how quickly laundry goes bad if you aren't there within a few seconds.

just... insane. The terrorists have won.
 
2005-08-24 12:48:37 PM  
Laundry just sucks period. No matter how fancy we try to get it will always be a thorn in my side.

Apartments need to have more washers and dryers to accommodate their tenants. The absolute worst is when you get your laundry only to see it on a dirty crusty table with your unmentionables in plain view for all to see.

Biatches.
 
2005-08-24 12:59:07 PM  
Manfred J. Hattan

That's a good point. I always overlook the robot army for some reason.
 
2005-08-24 01:19:02 PM  
CindiBear: Don't rub it in ;)
 
2005-08-24 01:37:50 PM  
We already have something called esuds (link pops) here at Carnegie Mellon. It's really handy, because I don't have to haul all my clothes down the stairs just to find out that the washers are all full.
 
2005-08-24 01:41:40 PM  
Death by Misadventure

By definition pretty much everything can be "hacked" which in a brod definition would mean misapproriating something for your own use (which really is a poor definition anyhow akin to calling someone who owns and knows how to use a gun intimately a Serial Killer, but we'll run with it)

I mean I coudl hack your door and have entry to the whole house. Or I could hack your car by cracking the trunk lock then gaining full access to the rest of the car. I could hack you cable by physically siphoning your line and running a cable to your house.


I for one think this is a fantastic Ide. I was trying to think of a way to do it. Laundromats are so boring it would be great if they were all wifi hotspots so you could surf the net while you wait. That would make ti so much easier for me to gt it done instead of making the girlfriend do it.
 
2005-08-24 01:54:39 PM  
Back in the mists of time (like, 1995) a guy I knew had come up with a perfectly workable method of doing this at my undergrad (Case Western (Cleveland represent, yo)). Only his version used email rather than mobile phones. See, at Case, at no point were you more than 8 feet away from your computer. It was a rule. (T-1 lines installed campus-wide when I got there in 1992)

I think he ended up handing part of it in as a senior project of sorts. And the thing was, it would have worked. It was sound.

/old
//they're celebrating the 10th anniversary of a building that was a hole in the ground when I graduated
///damn old
 
2005-08-24 02:14:28 PM  
We've had this at WPI for at least a year now. Haven't tried it out yet.
 
2005-08-24 03:12:31 PM  
Lazy, maybe. Sometimes people are just forgetful, it doesn't mean they are stupid. It makes things convenient. I did laundry in the dorms for two years and I hated sitting down there and waiting for it. I'd put my loads in then go back upstairs. So I forgot to look at my watch or set a timer every time I put a load in. At least this way you're reminded right away and don't have to come back down to your wet pile of clothes sitting on the floor.

On a related note, I love how people say things like this are a waste of time, money, and effort. Well the truth of the matter is I bet a lot of colleges would pay for this technology so maybe it isn't a waste. Besides, there are a lot of things that we spend our time on that's a waste, like this site.
 
2005-08-24 06:30:54 PM  
MooseBayou
I would take other people's clothes out of a dryer that had stopped. Then I'd fold it.

Used to love the look on their faces when they walked in to find their laundry had been removed from the dryer, fluffed, and folded while they were gone. I don't remember one person looking through it to see if anything was missing. (I didn't take anything, you preverts.)



WTF MOTHER FARKER!
 
2005-08-24 09:17:53 PM  
About freakin' time. If I can swipe a cardto pay for it, its networked. Telling me if everything is in use before I haul my skivies down there seems a simple enough addition. Been waitinf for this for six years
 
2005-08-24 09:44:03 PM  
Well, I just wish people would quit stealing my underwear. This is the second time it's happened.
Damn it. When I wash clothes, I want fresh underwear too!!

Freakin' annoying.

I just went through my stash, and all I have left are 3 pairs of boxers.

Freakin' shopping time :(

Who the Hell wants my underwear???
 
2005-08-24 11:37:50 PM  
MooseBayou


Alexandra

Otherwise, the cross-dresser upstairs will be ready to pounce on the washer the minute it's done and toss your clothes onto the table so he can get his wash in.

I would take other people's clothes out of a dryer that had stopped. Then I'd fold it.

Used to love the look on their faces when they walked in to find their laundry had been removed from the dryer, fluffed, and folded while they were gone. I don't remember one person looking through it to see if anything was missing. (I didn't take anything, you preverts.)

Funny.


My point is, he can't wait 30 seconds for me to hobble downstairs and go get it--I'm the type that knows when the thing is done and goes to take care of it.

Now the dryer is typically 45 minutes a cycle, and our old washer (just got replaced yesterday) was 40 minutes. I'd have 5 minutes to go on the dryer, washer would just be done, and he'd still be yanking my clothes out of the washer...never mind that I still have to DRY them and he's still not saving time! I came up with a solution...I timed it so my next washer load would be done same time as the dryer--or 5 minutes after. Provided he didn't jump in with his load.

Now the woman that used to live across the hall from us--she was really bad about that. One time she'd left some towels in the dryer and I folded them and set them down neatly on the table that's down there. She came down (I was putting my stuff in the dryer or whatever), asked me had I folded them, I said yes, she said thank you. :)

Gotta love apartment living....
 
2005-08-24 11:45:59 PM  
zvoidx


MooseBayou: Why don't you try microwaving instead of using the dryer? That makes more sense.

I'm on it.


Uncle Buck unavailable for comment.
 
2005-08-25 03:49:49 AM  
Dear Laundry Gods:

Please make more places like the Sit 'n' Spin in Seattle.
I like the idea of having a nice microbrew, listen to live music and have something to eat...all while doing my laundry.

Thanks...
 
2005-08-25 01:12:38 PM  
WPI was the first school to have this installed two years ago. It worked for about a month.

Actually, it looks like it is back now after being down all last year.

For the curious, you can access the WPI site at http://www.laundryview.com/lvs.php?s=1.
 
2005-08-25 02:28:13 PM  
Uh, this idea has been around or quite some time - from a company called USTT.

Their web-based service is called "E-Suds".
 
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