The process of washing and drying has been made so easy with the invention of washing machines and nowadays we don’t find it a burden to wash our clothes. For us, it’s a simple process of throwing the clothes in, letting the machine do the hard work while we sit back and enjoy. However, what if you didn’t own a washing machine or what if there was no washing machine to start with? The result would be something that we will find too taxing; washing by hands.
The process of washing clothes by hands is tiresome and requires quite an effort. Not to mention the sore muscles afterwards. Now that we have given you some perspective, There are thousands of millions of people who still don’t have the luxury known as washing machine and resort to washing by hand. Imagine the hardship that they must go through every day for 7 days a week. This is where the gadget, GiraDora, made by Ji A You and Alex Cabunoc comes in. It has been designed to improve the washing clothes experience for those who don’t own a washing machine.
GiraDora is a foot powered washing machine cum dryer which aims to change how people approach washing and drying of clothes with a price tag of $40. Upon first look, the GiraDora looks like a cooler for keeping your beverages cool but look again and you’ll come to know that it is quite a fine gadget with a smaller bucket incorporated inside it with an agitator. So, how does it work? You put the laundry in, fill it with water and throw in the required amount of soap into the tub. Now you’ll have to close the lid and sit on it. Once seated, you’ll notice a pedal right next to your feet. Use that to power the machine; working the pedal will make the agitator inside move and you can begin the washing process. The upside is that you get to work out while washing clothes and as you might have noticed already; no electricity bill to pay. Once the washing process is complete; let the water out and now you can use the GiraDora as a spin dryer to help you dry your washed laundry.
Other than the obvious advantages of letting you work out and the absence of electricity bills, GiraDora will also cut down the time required to complete the washing by a high margin. It will also take away any health associated risks when compared with washing by hands. Decreasing the drying time will help users remain tension-free from the mould growth, which usually takes place when drying takes longer time periods to complete. The gadget was an entry in the recent Dell Social Innovation Challenge.
Even at $40 the gadget may seem costly for the intended target market. The team has plans of testing GiraDora in disadvantaged countries in South America before taking the testing phase to next level where they will test this gadget in India. The current goal of team is to provide GiraDora to one million people. Such an amazing and useful invention to solve a huge problem!
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