According to the company's founder, FoldiMate can handle a wide variety of fabrics and garments. It will fold shirts, pants, towels and virtually anything that will fit inside of it such as pillow cases. Unfortunately, there's still no cure for those dreaded fitted sheets, as FoldiMate can't fold linen, underwear, socks or baby clothes.
"I created FoldiMate as my wife claims I am one of the worst laundry folders in the world. She's right. I hate it! There is a lot of laundry when you have three children and folding is tedious. I wanted to help her," said CEO Gal Rozov. "We knew that others suffer from this chore, but we didn't expect such an incredible response when we released the FoldiMate concept video earlier this year which went viral. It has been viewed by people all around the world and we've seen it copied and edited into multiple languages. Nearly 200,000 customers have registered to learn when pre-orders are available and thousands have already paid a deposit to reserve their FoldiMate."
FoldiMate is still in the prototype stage, but the company is exhibiting at CES (Happi will be there, too!) in an effort to expand its fan base prior to the pre-order launch late 2017.
If FoldiMate doesn't make your heart race, how about the Dash Robotic Shopping Cart? The contraption was said to be designed with the frustrated shopper in mind. Simply walk up to Dash, transfer your shopping list from your phone, or create a new list using the store search feature. Then, follow the robot as it maps out the most effective route to your items and takes you to each one, according to its creator Five Elements Robotics.
Dash is equipped with a scanner and payment system so the customer can scan and pay for their items at the cart. No waiting in lines! After paying for items, the cart follows the customer to their car for unloading. Once empty, the cart returns itself to the store and its docking station. Dash features a Virtual Reality interface which shows the store to the customer as she walks down the aisles. Looking up, the customer sees the store, looking down the customer sees the VR representation of the store and aisle they are in with their next item highlighted on the screen.
Five Elements Robotics expects the device to reach stores sometime in the new year.
"The Dash Robotic Shopping cart will absolutely transform the way we do shopping. Once these robots are in the stores, we will not be able to imagine how we ever shopped without them," says CEO Wendy Roberts.