Waterless Washing Machine: The Airwash

Two students from the National University of Singapore's school of industrial design have developed a waterless washing machine that removes stains from garments within a few minutes, without the use of detergents. The AirWash, which won the ElectroLux Design Lab 2005 Award, uses negative ions, compressed air and deodorants to clean clothes; the form was inspired by the waterfall, which just so happens to be nature's own negative ion factory. It can be used for cleaning garments of all kinds, though the judges took special note of AirWash's potential to make convential, eco-superfreaky dry cleaning obsolete. AirWash also stands to help save lots on energy costs and water consumption, and has lots of potential for places without ready access to clean water. The winning duo, Gabriel Tan and Wendy Chua, beat entries from 3,000 other students from over 88 countries. ::DesignLab via ::The Gadget Blog and ::Groovy Green

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