New spin on doing the laundry
A design student has put a new spin on doing the chores - by combining a washing machine with a video game console.
Lee Wei Chen, 27, of Kingston University in London, came up with the idea after realising that he was wasting too much time playing games.
"I realised that the skills I had developed in the virtual world were useless in the real world. I wanted to make them useful," he told Design Week.
Lee's invention looks like an arcade style video console - but the bottom half of the unit is a washing machine, with the components' circuitry linked together.
The washing cycle is dependent on the success of the person playing the game so, if they struggle, extra coins are needed to complete the washing cycle.
Chen's course leader, Colin Holden, said: "He's chosen two instantly recognisable objects - a washing machine and an arcade game - to illustrate this idea.
"Together the two objects produce a striking new electronic device. It's an extremely well-executed design concept."
However, despite his ingenuity, Chen admits he's still far from becoming domesticated: "I don't even know how to choose the programme," he said.
what do you think?
Video games skills are not skills if they don't transfer to the real world. It's pure chav thinking to call them skills.
So this is what uni fees are for then...get in the real world and you'll find that video games don't feature in everyday life and you don't stand by a washing machine for an hour waiting for it to finish, but do everything else alongside the cycle. It's called 'time management' and thats a skill.