Yirego‘s Drumi is a brilliant electricity-free washing machine powered by your feet – and it’s set to launch this summer. The device uses six to 12 liters of water per load, and can wash almost five pounds of clothes in around five minutes. Inhabitat first covered the little washing machine in 2015, and we checked in with Yirego to hear how they’ve improved the product in preparation for its upcoming launch.
Yirego designed an environmentally friendly washing machine powered by you. And after more than 10,000 hours of product development, the Drumi is in production, and the company is aiming to release it in the summer of 2018. As they progressed past the early stages of design, they made a few key changes to improve the washing machine.
One change is the carrying handle. Users only need one hand to transport the machine, as opposed to holding both sides with the earlier model. The handle doubles as a lock, keeping the lid in place as a user peddles.
The production model is now shorter than the earlier model; Yirego lowered the machine’s center of gravity to boost stability and durability. Also, they addressed peoples’ concerns that a dirty machine would impact their skin and laundry by enabling users to remove the drum out of the new Drumi for easy cleaning.
Yirego said they’ve filed patents for these technologies. The washing machine is aimed at people living off the grid, in small urban apartments, or in mobile homes, to name a few. It can be utilized for small loads containing clothing like activewear or delicates. About five minutes is all it takes to clean clothes in the Drumi: around two minutes to wash, two to rinse, and 30 seconds to spin dry.
You can pre-order the machine, which costs $299, in silver or green on the Yirego website.
Images courtesy of Yirego