A Silicon Valley startup FoldiMate took to CES to debut its laundry-folding robot. Described as the first robot of its kind that's both practical and affordable, the FoldiMate Family folding robot promises to be the ultimate solution for folding laundry and leaving its users free to do other things. The first units are expected to ship in late 2018, priced at between $700 and $850. FoldiMate will soon start accepting pre-orders which require a 10% deposit.
The company's product is capable of folding, treating, and de-wrinkling almost all types of clothes. Users are required to clip their clothes on the machine, which allegedly takes less than three seconds per article of clothing, the company claims. After the FoldiMate Family's Easy Clipping technology handles your clothes, the device needs approximately ten seconds to fold a single item. Its container supports between 15 to 20 items at a time. The FoldiMate Family folding robot completes its task in bulks, so it only releases your clothes after it's finished with folding all of it. The only limitations include linen clothes, socks, and baby clothes. Other than that, everything from kids' to XXL sizes is fair game. The robot weighs just over 66 pounds and is plugged into a traditional wall socket. It's also equipped with a Wi-Fi adapter, so a companion app is presumably in the works, as well.
Gal Rozov, the Chief Executive Officer at FoldiMate, jokingly described the FoldiMate Family folding robot as a device capable of "saving marriages around the world." He also revealed that he created the robot because his wife kept calling him "one of the worst laundry folders in the world." Pre-orders for the FoldiMate Family folding robot are expected to be available shortly, and over 177,000 people have already signed up to be notified about the product once it becomes available, as revealed by the FoldiMate website. A prototype of the device is being showcased at CES until Sunday, January 8th. First promotional images of this laundry-folding robot can be seen in the gallery below, though the final product may differ in appearance. The Silicon Valley startup promised that more details about its creation will be available shortly, presumably by spring.