Design students Alex Cabunoc & Ji A You of Art Center College of Design have created a device that is aimed at solving a problem that a large population faces on daily basis: how do you wash clothes without electricity or running water?
Currently, an average laundry load could take 6 laborious hours: carry the water back (could be miles away), hand wash each garment, and then hang dry. With GiraDora, a foot pedal powered washer and dryer, the cleaning and drying process can be shortened to 3-5 minutes. In addition, it uses 1/3 less water than traditional hand-washing.
The user simply sits comfortably on the lid push the pedal down with his/her foot repeatedly.
This action drives the central pillar to rotate vigorously, causing agitation and centrifugal force that removes the water.
GiraDora is to be priced at $40 USD, which could be made affordable to families in developing countries through micro-financing.