A team of Chinese designers has developed a brilliant Waterwheel washing machine that combines the mechanism of modern spinning washing machines with traditional washing techniques used in ancient China. The Waterwheel Washing Machine is cheap, zero emission, and completely powered by water.
The washing machine incorporates a waterwheel that is naturally turned by the flow of a river. Waterwheels have been used for centuries prior to the invention of electricity for agricultural activities such as irrigation and grinding. The designers decided to take a step back and reconsider using this system as a sustainable alternative to modern technology.
The periphery of the Waterwheel Washing Machine features inset vanes that fill with water to drive the structure. It is divided into three separate cabins which allow three families to use it simultaneously. The project won a Red Dot Design Award in 2013.