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July 26, 2012

Orbit Washing Machine Concept Cleans Without Water Or Detergent

Check it out ladies and gents, hanging out washing may be a thing of the past…in the future.

This concept washing machine uses electromagnetic forces to clean clothes.

There will always be a domestic need for laundry —we all wear clothes for warmth, style, and security. Yet cleaning the clothes we wear seems like a standard affair that will never change. Fill washer with water and soap, insert clothes, and set to run. This has been the way we do things for years (after hand washing with a washboard and soapy water in a bucket, of course), but that may be changing in the coming years.

The Orbit Washing Machine by Electrolux does just that—removing water from the cleaning equation entirely. By using electromagnetic forces and carbon dioxide in solid state, the machine is capable of removing stains and cleaning clothes without getting them wet at all. The Orbit ball works by filling it with clothing and inserting it into the ring assembly. The ring uses power generated from its own (also self-recharging) batteries to run electric current through liquid nitrogen, which produces enough magnetic levitation to move the ball within the hoop.

The actual cleaning is done by firing carbon dioxide in solid state at the clothing to safely remove stains, then sucking it back up and converting back to solid state for later use. The Orbit system itself is concept, of course, and certainly won’t be in our laundry rooms anytime soon, but a revolutionary device that reduces water waste and energy consumption is something many modern companies strive to create.

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By Jonny Polea

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.