Sadly, all the cool gizmos and gadgets for the home promised to us by The Jetsons have failed to materialize–but happily, this futuristic green appliance just might. The Ecopod Steam Washer and Dryer concept by Simon Hedt (which comes to us via Tuvie) uses wet steam and dry air to clean and dry clothes in one shot, via a series of ‘pods.’
These three small-capacity pods, or washing baskets, were designed for three different clothing types–light, darks, and delicates–negating the need for all those fancy appliance settings. Simply open up the pod of your choice, place your clothes in it, and fit it back into the cylindrical, wall-mounted appliance. Select the ‘wash’ function and you’re good to go.
By relying on steam, this device is downright miserly when it comes to water, so even though these washing baskets are on the small side, you’ll never need to feel guilty about running a small load. The device takes care of drying your clothes much the way a regular dryer does, with super-heated dry air.
Provided the steam heat here is as effective as good old H20 and suds in getting the gunk out of clothes, we think this is a great idea–perfect for apartments and small homes where space is at a premium.