This Laundry-Folder is the Machine You Didn’t Know You Needed

The most tedious part of doing your laundry might very well be folding your clean clothes once they come out of the dryer. But now, a new machine that wants to sit next to your washer and dryer is looking to cut the time you spend folding your laundry in half. It’s called the FoldiMate and it’s able to neatly fold, steam, soften, and stack your laundry in just a few steps.

Simply clip your clean, dry clothing onto FoldiMate’s rack. Once activated, it uses robotic arms to fold each piece, which takes about 10 seconds per article. The machine features a built-in steam cleaner to deal with wrinkles and even sprays a small amount of fabric softener or perfume to make your clothes smell fresh. Afterward, it spits out a neat stack of folded laundry—ready to be put back into its proper place.

While the FoldiMate sounds like the quick and easy solution to folding clothes, there are a few caveats that come along with it. You have to refill the rack once your laundry is folded because it only holds up to 20 items at a time. It also doesn’t fold big items like bath towels or smaller items like underwear and socks, which are the most annoying to sort, match, and fold.

FoldiMate will start taking pre-orders next year and will retail between $700 and $850 once it’s released in 2018.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Purchased for $10, Could Be Worth Millions
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Randy Guijarro paid $2 for a few old photographs he found in an antiques shop in Fresno, California. In 2015, it was determined that one of those photos—said to be the second verified picture ever found of Billy the Kid—could fetch the lucky thrifter as much as $5 million. That story now sounds familiar to Frank Abrams, a lawyer from North Carolina who purchased his own photo of the legendary outlaw at a flea market in 2011. It turns out that the tintype, which he paid $10 for, is thought to be an image of Billy and Pat Garrett (the sheriff who would eventually kill him) taken in 1880. Like Guijarro’s find, experts say Abrams’s photo could be worth millions.

The discovery is as much a surprise to Abrams as anyone. As The New York Times reports, what drew Abrams to the photo was the fact that it was a tintype, a metal photographic image that was popular in the Wild West. Abrams didn’t recognize any of the men in the image, but he liked it and hung it on a wall in his home, which is where it was when an Airbnb guest joked that it might be a photo of Jesse James. He wasn’t too far off.

Using Google as his main research tool, Abrams attempted to find out if there was any famous face in that photo, and quickly realized that it was Pat Garrett. According to The New York Times:

Then, Mr. Abrams began to wonder about the man in the back with the prominent Adam’s apple. He eventually showed the tintype to Robert Stahl, a retired professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Billy the Kid.

Mr. Stahl encouraged Mr. Abrams to show the image to experts.

William Dunniway, a tintype expert, said the photograph was almost certainly taken between 1875 and 1880. “Everything matches: the plate, the clothing, the firearm,” he said in a phone interview. Mr. Dunniway worked with a forensics expert, Kent Gibson, to conclude that Billy the Kid and Mr. Garrett were indeed pictured.

Abrams, who is a criminal defense lawyer, described the process of investigating the history of the photo as akin to “taking on the biggest case you could ever imagine.” And while he’s thrilled that his epic flea market find could produce a major monetary windfall, don’t expect to see the image hitting the auction block any time soon. 

"Other people, they want to speculate from here to kingdom come,” Abrams told The New York Times of how much the photo, which he has not yet had valuated, might be worth. “I don’t know what it’s worth. I love history. It’s a privilege to have something like this.”

[h/t: The New York Times]

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