It consists of an aluminium cabin in which there is a horizontal cylinder made of iron net wire. The cylinder is connected to a pedalling system which consists of a cycle chain, pedals and a seat. In appearance it looks like an exercycle - usually seen in a gymnasium - which is connected to a cabin. Clothes are put in the cylinder, the cabin is filled with water to the level of the clothes, washing powder is added and left to soak for at least 10 minutes. Then pedal for three to four minutes. The cylinder rotates at a very high speed with the clothes inside, cleaning them thoroughly. Soap water drains out, the barrel is refilled and the process repeated. By pedalling, the washed clothes are centrifuged and become about 80% dry. NIF has filed the patent for the machine and the patent number is 643/CHE/2003, 07.08.03.
Link: There are advantages galore. In the rural area electricity is always a scarcity and with revision of rates, the common man cannot afford to use a washing machine if in the first place he could buy one. In an electric washing machine if there is a break in supply - one has to repeat the entire process - but no such limitations for Ms. Jose’s innovation. The manual one saves time too. By attaching a cycle-like device to it, it can be used as an exercise machine thereby serving the twin purposes of keeping fit as well as doing the laundry. It is quite cheap as costs would be limited to about Rs.2000. An added bonus- it is portable. So the innovation is highly practical for use in the rural areas and stays within the budget of the common man.
On asking her whether she would like to pursue this innovation further, she said that she would prefer not to. At the same time she remarks that changes are necessary and improvements are possible and that personally she would not mind others improving it as ultimately it will all contribute to its utility.
Manufacturing Capacity: Yes
Problem Scale: Grave in rural area
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