Student innovation banishes washing day blues


Date: 08/05/2002

The dreaded chore of the weekly laundry might soon be a thing of the past thanks to a futuristic breakthrough in laundry technology by a 22-year old student from the University of Western Sydney.

Called the Total Laundry Solution (TLS), this new machine not only washes and dries your clothes but also delivers your garments wrinkle-free.

Designed by Jason Knight, an Industrial Design student at UWS as part of his final year thesis project, the TLS promises to revolutionise the lives of city-dwellers everywhere.

"The design is primarily aimed at city apartment livers who often have problems drying their clothes because they have no backyard with a hills-hoist. Instead they struggle with tumble dryers which can damage clothes or bulky clothes horses which take up precious apartment space," says Jason.

The TLS looks more like a jukebox than a traditional washing machine with its sleek, clean lines. Clothes are hung in an upright position inside a watertight chamber and are washed using ultrasound. A heat pump removes moisture and ensures gentle drying and wrinkle-free garments.

Jason Knight says the TLS is also much gentler on clothes and the environment than traditional washing machines.

"The Total Laundry Solution uses only half the water and takes up just half the space of a conventional top loader washing machine. The process of ultrasonic cleaning is faster, requires little detergent and has been proven to be cleaner and less damaging to clothing," Jason says.

Whitegood manufacturers Miele from Germany and Electrolux from Sweden are expressing interest in putting his design into mass production. Hopefully the Total Laundry Solution will be in the stores in a few years time.

Jason describes his new machine as a 'revolutionary new concept in laundry technology' and has written a 300-page thesis to prove how it will work in practice, as well as designing and producing a stylish model.

Last month Jason was not only awarded 1st class honours but also received the UWS University medal for his achievement.

Jason contributes part of his success to the strong Industrial Design course at UWS which is the largest in Australia with about 400 students.

The UWS course has a unique focus on future design and sustainability. It teaches students to project trends in society 5-6 years into the future and includes cultural studies. The cutting edge industrial design facilities at UWS are widely recognised as the most up-to-date in Australia and include a $150,000 rapid prototyper which allows students to convert ideas into 3D models in a matter of hours.

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For more information and to arrange interview and electronic photos, please contact:

Mikael Kjaerbye
UWS Media Manager
Ph: 02 9678 7418
Mob 0405 356 021
Email: m.kjaerbye@uws.edu.au

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