Domestic appliance manufacturers are constantly striving to find the next big thing, and at LG it appears the future is waterless.
According to a report by Engadget, the South Korean firm is in the early stages of developing a washing machine that won't require water to wash clothes. However, it is unclear at the moment whether the device will be completely waterless or virtually waterless.
Kevin Cha, senior vice president of LG's Home Appliance Division, admitted to the publication that work was being done, but refused to provide any further details.
Along with many other types of domestic appliance, washing machines have become far more environmentally friendly in recent years, although water consumption differs considerably between models. Consumer magazine Which? tested more than 200 machines last year and found that while the most efficient model only used 33 litres of water for a wash, the worst performing model used 72 litres.
For homes on a water meter, having access to a water-efficient washing machine could result in a considerable saving on the annual utility bill.