Imagine clipping your dress shirt on a rack and having a machine spit out a professional folded, scented version in about 10 seconds. If the thought of ironing has you considering shopping for a new wardrobe of wrinkle-free threads, clip your clothes to FoldiMate – a robotic clothes and laundry folding machine.
“The FoldiMate draws clipped clothing into an inner chamber where a series of mechanisms robotically flip, fold, and flatten clothes into shape.”
FoldiMate, your home’s personal laundry assistant, is capable of folding most of your clothes (e.g. shirts, pants, sweaters, towels, etc.) and is designed to save you time. With a clip capacity of 15-30 items and maximum tray capacity at 10-30 items, FoldiMate can fold in 10 seconds and de-wrinkle in 20-30 seconds per item.
According to the company’s website, “FoldiMate is like having a friend who enjoys folding the laundry for you.” Since there aren’t too many friends in this world that enjoy folding laundry, it’s no surprise that FoldiMate is an oversized machine that doesn’t feel the time-sucking torture of folding laundry. Designed to sit atop your washing machine or dryer, all you have to do is clip it and feed it, post dryer cycle.
Promising a consistent, high-quality folding experience, FoldiMate’s patented technology allows users to clip almost all clothing items (except for large linens or small items like socks or underwear). In about a half-minute, you get a neatly folded 9” x 11” (23 cm x 28 cm) article of clothing with the option to treat it accordingly.
“Even if you fold faster than clipping each item into FoldiMate, folding a full load of laundry is akin to loading your dishwasher or doing the dishes by hand.”
With a less than 1% chance of FoldiMate doing anything like ripping your clothes or wrongfully treating your freshly laundered garments, this is an ideal solution for those who need a professional fold without the costs of a wash-and-fold service. You may want to do your math and compare the $700 – $850 projected FoldiMate costs to your local wash-and-fold laundry service rates. Depending on the amount of laundry that needs folding, it may or may not be worth the initial investment.
Unfortunately, FoldiMate requires a rather tedious item-by-item clipping process. Instead of dumping a heaping pile o’ laundry into the machine, users have to clip each item onto a horizontal rack. That clipping process may challenge the timesaving benefit of a smart folding machine. But if having a consistent professional fold for every clothing item, FoldiMate seems to be the perfect machine.
“Committed to simplifying household chores with robotics and technology,” FoldiMate is about as loud as a printer and is designed to seamlessly integrate with smart home appliances.