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(BBC-US)   Fifties science fiction technology soon to be available to public. Fifties spiffy tag already available to Farkers   ( bbc.com) divider line
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2017-04-19 10:48:12 PM  
I wish we could use exclamation points in Fark headlines. But apparently somebody spoiled it for everybody by using five or six of them every time they posted a headline!!!!! Ah, Grammar Nazis. That's how they work, you know.
 
2017-04-19 10:50:16 PM  
It's fun and games until the bats start falling out the sky.
 
2017-04-19 10:52:32 PM  
Is your clothing being reduced to individual strands a feature, or a bug?
 
2017-04-19 10:56:50 PM  
Shut up and take my money
 
2017-04-20 12:10:45 AM  
I'm an American. T'hell with your clothes dryer. Gimme a car with tail fins.
 
2017-04-20 12:14:13 AM  
Looking forward to my cats throwing themselves against the window to escape when we fire up the ultrasonic dryer.

All their concerns about lint and wear have already been solved by condensing dryers for anyone who cares.
 
2017-04-20 12:49:18 AM  
In any dryer, clothes dry much faster when the washer has a spin cycle effective enough to wring out as much water as possible. My apartment complex recently upgraded to a washing machine that does this more efficiently, and now I never seem to get anything damp out of the lowest setting on their timed dryer.

This ultrasonic thing looks like it has huge advantages: lower energy bills, less risk of fire, no need for a vent (I think), clothing that lasts longer due to lack of lint, and possibly others.

i can't wait to see which industries in America collude to keep it from going to market.
 
2017-04-20 12:55:32 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: Looking forward to my cats throwing themselves against the window to escape when we fire up the ultrasonic dryer.

All their concerns about lint and wear have already been solved by condensing dryers for anyone who cares.


I'll take a dryer that dries a load in 20 minutes instead of 50.

I'm pretty sure your cats are safe. Around 2/3 of American households have pets. Any appliance that drove nearby animals mad just by operating would not be a viable consumer product, and would never make it to market. That's 2/3 of your potential customers gone. More if you figure apartments where it would fark with neighboring pets.

And call it a wild guess, but I doubt the frequency involved is going to be able to be sensed by dog or cat ears in the first place. It's probably using frequencies much, much higher than typical for natural sources.
 
2017-04-20 12:59:01 AM  
"The dryer has been developed by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, in partnership with General Electric."

Jeez, why not get Union Carbide and Dow Chemical involved while you're at it?
 
2017-04-20 01:05:37 AM  

cyberspacedout: In any dryer, clothes dry much faster when the washer has a spin cycle effective enough to wring out as much water as possible. My apartment complex recently upgraded to a washing machine that does this more efficiently, and now I never seem to get anything damp out of the lowest setting on their timed dryer.

This ultrasonic thing looks like it has huge advantages: lower energy bills, less risk of fire, no need for a vent (I think), clothing that lasts longer due to lack of lint, and possibly others.

i can't wait to see which industries in America collude to keep it from going to market.


From TFA it sounds like we trade a vent for a drain. But that's no problem since a dryer is going to typically be next to a washer anyway, and you already need a drain for that. I wonder how long it will take to add this technology to a washer, so one machine does both... like the hot air all-in-ones we have now, but faster and more energy efficient.

I think if it is a gee-whiz tech like this some appliance company - all really - is going to want to be the first to bring it to market. Not only would they be looking at capturing market share from the normal annual sales of dryers for replacements and new construction, but also on top of that convincing people to upgrade their perfectly functional dryers to the new tech too. They'll be fighting each other to be the first to market with the potential of associating their brand with the new technology.

No Stonecutters holding back the electric car on this one.
 
2017-04-20 01:31:43 AM  

mongbiohazard: cyberspacedout: In any dryer, clothes dry much faster when the washer has a spin cycle effective enough to wring out as much water as possible. My apartment complex recently upgraded to a washing machine that does this more efficiently, and now I never seem to get anything damp out of the lowest setting on their timed dryer.

This ultrasonic thing looks like it has huge advantages: lower energy bills, less risk of fire, no need for a vent (I think), clothing that lasts longer due to lack of lint, and possibly others.

i can't wait to see which industries in America collude to keep it from going to market.

From TFA it sounds like we trade a vent for a drain. But that's no problem since a dryer is going to typically be next to a washer anyway, and you already need a drain for that. I wonder how long it will take to add this technology to a washer, so one machine does both... like the hot air all-in-ones we have now, but faster and more energy efficient.

I think if it is a gee-whiz tech like this some appliance company - all really - is going to want to be the first to bring it to market. Not only would they be looking at capturing market share from the normal annual sales of dryers for replacements and new construction, but also on top of that convincing people to upgrade their perfectly functional dryers to the new tech too. They'll be fighting each other to be the first to market with the potential of associating their brand with the new technology.

No Stonecutters holding back the electric car on this one.


I have to wonder if this technology would even be able to be patented. It is not like piezoelectric tech is new or using it to disperse liquid. Makes me want to make a soft vacuum version for evaporating solvents without heating or risking reaction with drying agents.
 
2017-04-20 02:08:36 AM  
Ray gun.  Ray gun.  Ray gun.

Damn!
 
2017-04-20 02:49:44 AM  

Notabunny: I'm an American. T'hell with your clothes dryer. Gimme a car with tail fins.


img.fark.net
 
2017-04-20 04:02:50 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-20 05:22:07 AM  
s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com


dvdmedia.ign.com

s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

/because I can
 
2017-04-20 06:45:21 AM  
Bowling everywhere with sparkle-coating on everything? The return of lawn darts?

*Checks link*

Aw, nuts. Just a better mousetrap clothes dryer.
 
2017-04-20 08:11:18 AM  
Sounds good, but I'll miss pulling a warm blanket out of the dryer on a cold winter evening.
 
2017-04-20 09:03:04 AM  
Oh please oh please oh please oh please

img.fark.net

*reads article*

DAMMIT
 
2017-04-20 09:38:25 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 850x753]


This image was so clear, I thought it was a recreation.  Thank you!
 
2017-04-20 09:39:05 AM  

EasilyDistracted: Sounds good, but I'll miss pulling a warm blanket out of the dryer on a cold winter evening.


Microwave it
 
2017-04-20 10:53:05 AM  
Meh. Tell me when they add the Persis Khambata option:

vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2017-04-20 11:31:59 AM  

mongbiohazard: Vaginosilicosis: Looking forward to my cats throwing themselves against the window to escape when we fire up the ultrasonic dryer.

All their concerns about lint and wear have already been solved by condensing dryers for anyone who cares.

I'll take a dryer that dries a load in 20 minutes instead of 50.

I'm pretty sure your cats are safe. Around 2/3 of American households have pets. Any appliance that drove nearby animals mad just by operating would not be a viable consumer product, and would never make it to market. That's 2/3 of your potential customers gone. More if you figure apartments where it would fark with neighboring pets.

And call it a wild guess, but I doubt the frequency involved is going to be able to be sensed by dog or cat ears in the first place. It's probably using frequencies much, much higher than typical for natural sources.


Ever hear of a Vacuum Cleaner?
 
2017-04-20 01:10:49 PM  
i.ebayimg.com

That would make a damn good refrigerator magnet for your washer-drier.
 
2017-04-20 01:19:24 PM  
Our dog used to hate the vacuum cleaner. That's how we know when he went deaf. He learned to stop worrying and learned to love the vacuum cleaner, to paraphrase an old movie title from the time.

He would let my Mother vacuum him. A great way to reduce shedding and dandruff. Works best with short-haired dogs unless your vacuum has low suction or a dog grooming attachment.

We wanted to name him Snoopy (he was a pup of the Sixties and Peanuts was extremely popular at the time) but he did not come to that name. The name he did come to was the name he got, so he was named by my brother and himself.

Woodstock would be a good name for a farm cat, I think. Cats love to hide in wood piles. Some of them are perfectly camouflaged in wood piles.
 
2017-04-20 01:22:33 PM  
Let me be the first to start the rumour that ultrasonic driers will microwave your dick.

And again, thanks for filling the thread with pinup gals. This is your just reward! A new Fake News meme!

Just kidding.
 
2017-04-20 01:28:55 PM  
I just had a thought. It is rather ironic that 21st century cars do not have tail fins or pneumatic streamlining.

In fact, one of the most popular vehicles of our SF age: jeeps.

At least that iconic symbol of Day People and Meatballism, the Hummer SUV, has been down-sized and streamlined a little bit.

My Grandfather had a Jeep, IIRC. One of the original wartime ones. Or maybe it was a three ton truck.

"Jeep" comes from the Popeye comic strip, where The Jeep was Popeye's magical pet. It could perform miracles and somehow the name just seemed perfect for a vehicle that was taken from the drawing board to full production in six months during World War II. It was such a versatile and indestructible vehicle that it nearly replaced the mule, except in the Navy, of course.
 
2017-04-20 01:30:15 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Notabunny: I'm an American. T'hell with your clothes dryer. Gimme a car with tail fins.

[img.fark.net image 700x941]


Do you know which year and month this article was published? I would like to read the whole article. I have MAD from 1953 to the early 2000's on DVD or whatever.
 
2017-04-20 01:31:15 PM  
Never mind. The web knows.  Jean Shepherd: The Night People vs Creeping Meatballism. from Mad Magazine, March-April 1957. Volume 1, Number 32 ...
 
2017-04-20 02:10:41 PM  

Moooooo K: Is your clothing being reduced to individual strands a feature, or a bug?


I was taught to diagram sentences, and some constructions just hurt to parse as if I were getting my menstrual cramps real hard.

s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com
 
2017-04-20 04:05:26 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 850x753]


[dvdmedia.ign.com image 460x276]

[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 500x747]

/because I can


Do you know what the first picture is from? Google fails me.
 
2017-04-20 05:56:01 PM  

talkertopc: ArcadianRefugee: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 850x753]


[dvdmedia.ign.com image 460x276]

[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 500x747]

/because I can

Do you know what the first picture is from? Google fails me.


I win at teh Googles:

El Planeta de las Mujeres Invasoras (Planet of the Female Invaders), 1967

https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/109755-el-planeta-de-las-mujeres-inva​soras?language=en
 
2017-04-20 05:57:35 PM  
TFA is written is such passive voice I fell asleep twice before I learned it was about an appliance.
 
2017-04-20 06:35:18 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: talkertopc: ArcadianRefugee: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 850x753]


[dvdmedia.ign.com image 460x276]

[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 500x747]

/because I can

Do you know what the first picture is from? Google fails me.

I win at teh Googles:

El Planeta de las Mujeres Invasoras (Planet of the Female Invaders), 1967

https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/109755-el-planeta-de-las-mujeres-inva​soras?language=en


Wow, I bow to your Google mastery. And thanks.
 
2017-04-20 06:44:57 PM  

talkertopc: ArcadianRefugee: talkertopc: ArcadianRefugee: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 850x753]


[dvdmedia.ign.com image 460x276]

[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 500x747]

/because I can

Do you know what the first picture is from? Google fails me.

I win at teh Googles:

El Planeta de las Mujeres Invasoras (Planet of the Female Invaders), 1967

https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/109755-el-planeta-de-las-mujeres-inva​soras?language=en

Wow, I bow to your Google mastery. And thanks.


And to top it off, the evil space queen in that movie was played by none other than the wonderfully
pneumatic Lorena Vasquez:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2017-04-20 06:48:53 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: talkertopc: ArcadianRefugee: [s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 850x753]
[dvdmedia.ign.com image 460x276]
[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 500x747]
/because I can
Do you know what the first picture is from? Google fails me.
I win at teh Googles:
El Planeta de las Mujeres Invasoras (Planet of the Female Invaders), 1967


Ah, the incomparable Lorena!
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-20 07:20:16 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: mongbiohazard: Vaginosilicosis: Looking forward to my cats throwing themselves against the window to escape when we fire up the ultrasonic dryer.

All their concerns about lint and wear have already been solved by condensing dryers for anyone who cares.

I'll take a dryer that dries a load in 20 minutes instead of 50.

I'm pretty sure your cats are safe. Around 2/3 of American households have pets. Any appliance that drove nearby animals mad just by operating would not be a viable consumer product, and would never make it to market. That's 2/3 of your potential customers gone. More if you figure apartments where it would fark with neighboring pets.

And call it a wild guess, but I doubt the frequency involved is going to be able to be sensed by dog or cat ears in the first place. It's probably using frequencies much, much higher than typical for natural sources.

Ever hear of a Vacuum Cleaner?


lol, touche!

But you know what I mean. My dog doesn't like the vacuum because it's loud and scary, not because it's physically harmful. When we first got him he hated it, now he's all "meh" about it now that he's used to us using it and shooing him away when he used to try and threaten it.
 
2017-04-20 08:34:34 PM  

brantgoose: Gordon Bennett: Notabunny: I'm an American. T'hell with your clothes dryer. Gimme a car with tail fins.

[img.fark.net image 700x941]

Do you know which year and month this article was published? I would like to read the whole article. I have MAD from 1953 to the early 2000's on DVD or whatever.


I think this one isn't on the DVD because of licensing issues, so here it is in full.

img.fark.net
img.fark.net
img.fark.net
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-20 08:54:07 PM  

Gordon Bennett: brantgoose: Gordon Bennett: Notabunny: I'm an American. T'hell with your clothes dryer. Gimme a car with tail fins.
Do you know which year and month this article was published? I would like to read the whole article. I have MAD from 1953 to the early 2000's on DVD or whatever.
I think this one isn't on the DVD because of licensing issues, so here it is in full.


Thank you for doing the Lord's work!
/Flick lives
 
2017-04-20 09:40:52 PM  

mongbiohazard: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: mongbiohazard: Vaginosilicosis: Looking forward to my cats throwing themselves against the window to escape when we fire up the ultrasonic dryer.

All their concerns about lint and wear have already been solved by condensing dryers for anyone who cares.

I'll take a dryer that dries a load in 20 minutes instead of 50.

I'm pretty sure your cats are safe. Around 2/3 of American households have pets. Any appliance that drove nearby animals mad just by operating would not be a viable consumer product, and would never make it to market. That's 2/3 of your potential customers gone. More if you figure apartments where it would fark with neighboring pets.

And call it a wild guess, but I doubt the frequency involved is going to be able to be sensed by dog or cat ears in the first place. It's probably using frequencies much, much higher than typical for natural sources.

Ever hear of a Vacuum Cleaner?

lol, touche!

But you know what I mean. My dog doesn't like the vacuum because it's loud and scary, not because it's physically harmful. When we first got him he hated it, now he's all "meh" about it now that he's used to us using it and shooing him away when he used to try and threaten it.


I have a theory that people never take animals into account when designing things like appliances.  If we can put up with them, that's good enough.  Never mind what it might sound like to animals with vastly different hearing ranges than humans.  Lord knows what kind of horrible high frequencies you might get from a washer, dryer, or vacuum cleaner - especially one in need of maintenance.

Every so often, you see clips on the internet of people whose dogs or cats put up with being groomed via a vacuum cleaner.  Maybe it's my imagination, but I could swear that the bulk of those are people who have central vacs - where the awful noise maker is in another room, far away.

If your pet actually puts up with a vacuum cleaner in close proximity, good on you, mate!
 
2017-04-21 06:59:06 AM  

brantgoose: [i.ebayimg.com image 300x196]

That would make a damn good refrigerator magnet for your washer-drier.


Sometimes a sock never makes it back to our dimension.

Call me when they invent Google Socks to find the missing half of a pair of socks.
 
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