Singapore Students Invent Waterless Washing Machine

Mon, Nov 21, 2005


Waterless Washing Machine

Two Industrial Design students from the National Univeristy of Singapore (NUS) are the first Asians to win the Design Lab Award at the international Electrolux Design Lab 2005 competition! Their product? A waterfall-inspired washing unit that require neither water nor detergents. Need I say more? Imagine the amount of water it can save!

Gabriel Tan and Wendy Chua, both third year students in NUS, beat 3,000 other students from over 88 countries. Ahh…you two make me proud to be a Singaporean!

“Called Airwash, the waterfall-inspired washing unit is waterless and does not use detergents. Instead, it utilises negative ions, compressed air and deodorants to clean clothes. By using atmospheric air and negative ions � a natural cleansing agent � it fights dirt and bacteria with nature’s own weapon. Airwash is also designed to be placed anywhere in the home, instead of the designated laundry area.”

- National Univeristy of Singapore

As good as it seems, The Straits Times has quoted Wendy Chua as saying it’s not meant to replace the traditional washing machines. But more a hybrid of the washing machine and the dry cleaner. Bummer…

There should be a strong market for this if it’s not too costly. After all, a large portion of potential buyers will likely be those looking to save some money on water usage.

Update 1: Here are some pictures of the Airwash, Airwash’s inventors, and some other worthy products showcased at the Electrolux Design Lab 2005 competition.

Update 2: “I’ve heard of this for the future of space travel. they should expect NASA to be knocking on their door soon.”BLACKANGEL32076

I don’t know much about space travel, but this is perhaps the most qualified comment around the web so far. Everyone, including myself, has been thinking about home usage. But yeah, what about space travel usage? The water saved could mean a lot. Any experts in the spacecraft field could give a comment?


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