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(Humans Invent)   The $40 pedal powered student washing machine design is changing lives in developing countries, but locals keep needing to be reminded not to carry it on their heads   (humansinvent.com) divider line 37
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2012-08-03 11:06:35 AM  
Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA
 
2012-08-03 11:15:12 AM  

trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA


It appears to be saving a ton of water and time for those that have them. Time will tell, but this one looks like a huge win.
 
2012-08-03 11:19:55 AM  
Cool. Obnoxious music.
 
2012-08-03 11:20:12 AM  

trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA


It's a huge saver in time and labor. Washing clothes by hand is hard tedious work.
 
2012-08-03 11:20:45 AM  

trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA


Choice 1: Bending over tubs and buckets to wash clothes, wearing out your back and exposing your skin and lungs to all kinds of pathogens found in the water in Third World countries.

Choice 2: Sitting on a stool and kicking a lever to wash clothes, and never coming in contact with the water.
 
2012-08-03 11:26:16 AM  

trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA


Article indicated women can spend as much as 24 hours a week hand washing clothes for a family, and mold from typical handwashed clothes tends to cause health problems as well. So yeah this could make a big difference.
 
2012-08-03 11:39:28 AM  

trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA


Says the person who probably has never had to hand-wash large amounts of clothing for extended periods of time.

Good empathy.
 
2012-08-03 11:52:54 AM  
Too bad they don't sell them to some US people.
 
2012-08-03 11:56:24 AM  

KellyX: Too bad they don't sell them to some US people.


I could see wanting one of these. Turn the outer shell in to a funky looking stool that urban people would stick in their living room. Market to both the poor broke student and environmental crowds. Have part of the proceeds go towards providing ones in third world countries for the extra feel-good factor.
 
2012-08-03 11:58:07 AM  
Cool idea. Horrible web site.
 
2012-08-03 11:58:54 AM  
Not to be a spoil sport, but isn't this the kind of thing where everyone cheers when some company donates thousands and the videos show happy people saving time and money. Then they go back a few years later and everyone is back to the old way because the machines broke and nobody had the money to buy new ones? Because while they save time and water, they aren't making more money?
 
2012-08-03 12:01:08 PM  
Charge $60, $20 of that is donated to help reduce the cost to developing countries...
 
2012-08-03 12:01:58 PM  
Hey, look, they built something out of plastic that my great grandma used to have in her kitchen!
www.junksaver.com

Pedal vs. hand crank, plastic vs. wood/steel, but this isn't exactly a revolutionary idea, guys. The revolutionary part would be building them cheap enough and getting them to the people who need them - just like every other "for the poor folk" student project of the last 20 years.

See, Solaqua, Solarball, Pure water bottle, or any other Dyson Award winners from the last decade or so. They're all solving the same problems, and they're all effective solutions, and none of them are really changing things anywhere.
 
2012-08-03 12:02:25 PM  

TGWJH: Not to be a spoil sport, but isn't this the kind of thing where everyone cheers when some company donates thousands and the videos show happy people saving time and money. Then they go back a few years later and everyone is back to the old way because the machines broke and nobody had the money to buy new ones? Because while they save time and water, they aren't making more money?


Have them assembly them to sell to other third world places... Pay pennies on the dollar... Profit?
 
2012-08-03 12:26:12 PM  

TGWJH: Not to be a spoil sport, but isn't this the kind of thing where everyone cheers when some company donates thousands and the videos show happy people saving time and money. Then they go back a few years later and everyone is back to the old way because the machines broke and nobody had the money to buy new ones? Because while they save time and water, they aren't making more money?



What if we outsourced the sales to those poor countries? Then they get jobs, washers, dryers and Uncle Sam still makes a buck.

*deep nasal breath*

I love the small of Capitalism in the morning!
 
2012-08-03 12:50:31 PM  

Callous: trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA

It appears to be saving a ton of water and time for those that have them. Time will tell, but this one looks like a huge win.


Water I can see but time? Do the people who live in the slums of Lima need to be somewhere?
 
2012-08-03 12:51:04 PM  
Good to see they are keeping students clean.
 
2012-08-03 12:56:32 PM  

abhorrent1: Callous: trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA

It appears to be saving a ton of water and time for those that have them. Time will tell, but this one looks like a huge win.

Water I can see but time? Do the people who live in the slums of Lima need to be somewhere?


When humans have more time, they can do MORE productive things, or take time to rest for their health.
 
2012-08-03 12:56:55 PM  

abhorrent1: Callous: trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA

It appears to be saving a ton of water and time for those that have them. Time will tell, but this one looks like a huge win.

Water I can see but time? Do the people who live in the slums of Lima need to be somewhere?


Farking... so they can have more babies to put a strain on themselves, their countries and the world
 
2012-08-03 01:13:21 PM  
If it was really cheap I would have loved one of these when I was in college. I was poor as hell and there were some weeks when I couldn't afford to wash my clothes at the laundrymat. My apartment had a clothes dryer in but oddly enough no washer. So I would put my laundry in the bathtub and then run around in the the tub to agitate it.

I was also consisting on one box of kraft dinner every two days for awhile.
 
2012-08-03 01:34:32 PM  
cdn.humansinvent.com.s3.amazonaws.com

While they may have a water problem, it looks like the food supply is plentiful.
 
2012-08-03 02:19:35 PM  
They'd have a big market with people who are campers, too.
 
2012-08-03 02:55:23 PM  
I'd like to hear what the people they're actually trying to help have to say about it.

Somehow I imagine them rolling their eyes and wishing they lived in a world where laundry was a priority of any sort.
 
2012-08-03 03:44:58 PM  

QT_3.14159: I'd like to hear what the people they're actually trying to help have to say about it.

Somehow I imagine them rolling their eyes and wishing they lived in a world where laundry was a priority of any sort.


FTFA: "Currently, hand-washing clothes is a burden that can take up to 6 hours a day, 3-5 times a week.

If they are spending that much time handwashing clothes, I'd say that laundry is a priority for them.
 
2012-08-03 04:03:12 PM  

abhorrent1: Callous: trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA

It appears to be saving a ton of water and time for those that have them. Time will tell, but this one looks like a huge win.

Water I can see but time? Do the people who live in the slums of Lima need to be somewhere?


The time that is freed up can be used working or looking for work, or looking for food.
 
2012-08-03 04:06:43 PM  

Contents Under Pressure: They'd have a big market with people who are campers, too.


Oh YES! Brilliant!
 
2012-08-03 04:23:28 PM  

Contents Under Pressure: They'd have a big market with people who are campers, too.


Hell I'll get one, place it next to my toilet so I can knock out a load of clothes as I knock out a load.
 
2012-08-03 04:31:35 PM  
Anyone else think of a Salad Spinner when they saw this?
 
2012-08-03 04:34:54 PM  

phyrkrakr: Hey, look, they built something out of plastic that my great grandma used to have in her kitchen!
[www.junksaver.com image 250x415]

Pedal vs. hand crank, plastic vs. wood/steel, but this isn't exactly a revolutionary idea, guys. The revolutionary part would be building them cheap enough and getting them to the people who need them - just like every other "for the poor folk" student project of the last 20 years.

See, Solaqua, Solarball, Pure water bottle, or any other Dyson Award winners from the last decade or so. They're all solving the same problems, and they're all effective solutions, and none of them are really changing things anywhere.


My guess, the washing machine your great grandma had would cost hundreds of dollars per unit in today's dollars, as opposed to the $40 that the new designs cost.
 
2012-08-03 04:52:23 PM  

artthehypnotist: Anyone else think of a Salad Spinner when they saw this?


Very yes.
 
2012-08-03 04:54:21 PM  
www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-08-03 05:20:45 PM  
I was picturing getting on a stationary bike to power a washing machine, for $40 I was gonna get one.
 
2012-08-03 06:35:14 PM  

MindStalker: trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA

Article indicated women can spend as much as 24 hours a week hand washing clothes for a family, and mold from typical handwashed clothes tends to cause health problems as well. So yeah this could make a big difference.


I have to ask, isn't mold going to be resultant from a drying issue, not a washing issue? Ergo the washers won't help much?

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [cdn.humansinvent.com.s3.amazonaws.com image 537x427]

While they may have a water problem, it looks like the food supply is plentiful.


Calorie dense, nutrient poor, very cheap rice and beans and sugar.
 
2012-08-03 06:50:16 PM  

kroonermanblack: MindStalker: trashbox: Seems like an obvious idea, but I wonder if it's really necessary. DNRTFA

Article indicated women can spend as much as 24 hours a week hand washing clothes for a family, and mold from typical handwashed clothes tends to cause health problems as well. So yeah this could make a big difference.

I have to ask, isn't mold going to be resultant from a drying issue, not a washing issue? Ergo the washers won't help much?

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [cdn.humansinvent.com.s3.amazonaws.com image 537x427]

While they may have a water problem, it looks like the food supply is plentiful.

Calorie dense, nutrient poor, very cheap rice and beans and sugar.


I don't know, just something the article said, it has a spin dry feature which should reduce hanging time.
 
2012-08-03 10:00:17 PM  
I have a solution to poverty also.. Stop having so many farking kids!
 
2012-08-03 10:34:36 PM  
The Wonder Wash has been around for years - how is this so much different?

Link
 
2012-08-03 10:40:46 PM  
If the inmates want clean underwear...

www.econrates.com
 
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