A design student in China has come up with a 3kg washing machine that can be folded up and easily stored.
Pu Qingliang, a 21-year-old mechanical design and manufacture student, came up with the idea for his domestic appliance after his roommate complained that he was tired of washing clothes by hand. They decided a foldable washing machine that takes up a minimum amount of space when not in use would be the dream answer.
Pu took on the challenge and came up with a prototype which is capable of washing five items of clothing at once. The appliance consists of a base and a folding tube which spins and is connected to a small electric motor.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Pu's idea could really take off if the student's market research is correct. A survey of 10,000 people found that more than two-thirds said they would purchase a model if it were on sale.
The Haier Group, the world's biggest player in the white consumer goods market, is already said to have shown an interest in Pu's washing machine design.