Every year since 2003, the Electrolux Design Lab competition has challenged budding stylists and inventors to produce home appliance concepts that may emerge in the not-too-distant future. Each year has a theme. Last year it was "Creating Healthy Homes" and this year the brief is to conceive devices that cater for "Healthy Happy Kids." With the competition now down to just 35 semi-finalists, we take a look at six of the standouts.
In 2012, the Scrubba Wash Bag was launched as the world’s smallest clothes washing machine. Now, the team behind it is launching the Scrubba Pack, which also functions as the user’s backpack.
Three years ago we heard about the GiraDora,
a foot-pedal-powered clothes-washing machine created for off-grid use
in developing nations. While many of our readers expressed an interest
in it, the device has yet to reach commercial production. If that's the
sort of thing that turns your crank (or pushes your pedal), though, you
can now order Yirego's similar Drumi.
If you get a particularly nasty stain on a piece of clothing, chances are you'll want to give it a good spot-scrubbing in the sink before throwing it in the washing machine. Samsung has set out to make that pre-washing process easier with the release of a top load washing machine with a built-in sink.