Your New Favorite Appliance, the Laundry Folder
Israeli technology could soon be doing your laundry. FoldiMate, a laundry-folding robot developed in Israel, promises to deliver neatly folded shirts, pants and towels at a rate of two minutes for 20 items.
Each item must be manually hung and clipped to the front of the 66-pound machine, the size of a standard washer or dryer. Once the items are fed inside, the machine will know how best to fold them.
FoldiMate CEO and inventor Gal Rozov splits his time between Kibbutz Ma’abarot in central Israel and Oak Park, Calif., where the company is based, to meet its target market in the United States.
“I’m a family guy,” he said, “and I wanted to help my wife. But the quality of my folding wasn’t up to her standards.” He added that FoldiMate should be easy enough for his children, 9 and 6, to use, too.
A working version of the $850 machine is due out by December; the first shipment is planned for the end of 2018. Perfuming and de-wrinkling add-ons will cost extra. FoldiMate cannot process large linens like fitted bedsheets or small items like baby clothes and underwear. And it hasn’t figured out how to match your socks—yet.