According to The Asahi Shimbun, a world-first "intelligent" closet that sorts and folds clothes has been unveiled in Tokyo. But it will come with a hefty price tag of at least 1.85 million yen (US$16,700).
Seven Dreamers Laboratories Inc. began accepting preorders for the automatic household laundry folding machine, handily named Laundroid, on May 30.
With wood panels on each side and a reinforced-glass front, Laundroid resembles a closet, but unlike your run-of-the-mill piece of furniture, it is armed with a camera and artificial intelligence.
It judges the type and size of clothes tossed inside and then a robot arm folds them.
The owner of each item of clothing can be registered in advance, so that when clothes are placed inside they can be sorted into individual piles.
Laundroid can monitor the number of times each item has been used.
Seven Dreamers, based in the capital's Minato Ward, will begin taking official orders from late September to early October.
The company started to develop the machine in 2005.
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