The Retrofuture was pretty much videophoning it in by the late 70s/early 80s. The ambitious, if admittedly overly-optimistic, visions of the early to mid-20th century had been scaled back quite a bit. Asimov’s robots? Robby from “Forbidden Planet”? Rosie from “The Jetsons”? Well, how about a domesticated automobile factory robot arm to hand you your breakfast cereal or bring you a glass of water?
Sorry, FoldiMate, but your attempt to bring a little Retrofuture roboticism into the real world needs a bit more R&D.
Clothes washers and dryers work not just because they take the drudgery out of these tasks but because they greatly collapse the time required, too. FoldiMate doesn’t look to be a lot faster than manual folding.
Also, those shirts look like they’ve been fully buttoned up and pressed. That’s not what real laundry is like.
What people want is a machine that takes a laundry basket full of random and jumbled clothes and towels and folds and stacks them without any additional human intervention. Even if such a machine took quite a bit longer to do this than a person would, that wouldn’t necessarily be a deal killer. My dish washer might take longer to do a load of dishes that I would but the point is I didn’t have to do it.
And the nearly $1000 price tag for FoldiMate doesn’t help either.
Okay, Retrofuture, you nailed this one. Now get back to the lab and get that flying car ready for mass production.