Sanyo has announced it will begin marketing a washing machine which does not require washing powder or soap of any kind. The machine cleans the clothes by combining electrolysed water's dirt dissolving and bacteria removing properties with its ultrasonic wave technology. For really dirty clothes, there's a cycle suitable for using detergent, but if used in "zero detergent" mode, Sanyo claims the machine is capable of saving AUS$180 a year in detergent costs alone. No plans are in place for an Australian release just yet, but the Japanese domestic price of the machine will be around AUS$2000, meaning it will pay for itself in just over a decade.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon