the open source washing machine project
This solar clothes washer was made by 2nd year art students from the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (France). The challenge was to make a DIY washing machine using only materials available in the sahara. The prototype shown above uses bicycle parts (the tires and wheel), bamboo, and a solar panel connected directly to a recycled electric motor (from a photocopier).
The Open Source Washing Machine project was created by France Cadet, Jean-Noël Montagné and Jean-Pierre Mandon at the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence. Three machines were designed by the 2nd-year students over a three-day period.
I’m looking at the machine right now and trying to resist the urge to do my laundry in the school’s patio :)