Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Woof to Wash’ laundry machine lets dogs help people with disabilities

Via Yahoo News:

A man from Leeds, England has invented a dog-controlled washing machine.  The "Woof to Wash" Harrietmachine has a bark-activated "on" switch. A special "paw" button allows the pooch to easily open and close the machine's door.  The inventor, John Middleton of U.K. laundry company JTM, intends for the "Woof to Wash" machine to make laundry an easier task for people living with disabilities by letting them delegate the trickier parts of the job to support dogs who have been trained to load and empty the machines.  "We developed this machine because mainstream products with complex digital controls seldom meet the needs of the disabled user," he said.  The Sheffield charity Support Dogs is training the animals to operate the new machines.

"People who are visually impaired, have manual dexterity problems, autism or learning difficulties can find the complexity of modern day washing machines too much," Middleton told Anorak. "I had been working on a single program washing machine to make things easier, and there was a lot of demand for it."

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