The second "Kanso Mimidasu" from the right is the original model and looks like a conventional clothes peg. The current model was designed so that end users feel familiar with it. Photo: Nikkei xTech

Clothes peg functions as moisture sensor

By Ikutaro Kojima

Toshiba Information Systems (Japan) Corp has developed a prototype of a clothes peg-type sensor that can detect how dry the laundry is.

The sensor, Kanso Mimidasu, is a moisture sensor targeted at laundry being dried in a bathroom. It was developed in the aim of saving energy by stopping a washing machine once the laundry is dried enough.

At first, it looked like a conventional plastic clothes peg, but, this time, it looked like a rabbit. The clothes peg is attached to lower parts of clothes.

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Hmm.. seems like a waste of money, I wonder if it can tell if the thicker collar is still damp from the rest of the shirt ?

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Not needed. In our house in the front Roka I made a laundry pole with ropes and pulleys like we had in Britain in the 1950's. We can hang the laundry on the pole. During the day there's another pole outside so we can just open the sliding glass doors and put the laundry out for a day of sun dried and bring it back in before dark and insects. My wife loves this pole and pulley system to pull it up to the wood roof without effort. On a rainy day we can hang the laundry in the Roka. Roka's a re such a great idea.

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I like it!

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Don’t know the price of these pieces of plastic but can’t imagine wanting to buy one for each piece of laundry and spending the time to clip then on and then removing them and finding a place to store them when not in use. If all your laundry is identical items like in the photo it seems one might be sufficient. But then what happens when the items are bunched up a bit causing uneven drying. Realistically, does anyone’s laundry pole look like this, only four items nicely spaced out? I think I’ll stick to my eyes and sensitive fingertips to tell me if things are dry. So far, they still work and they’re free.

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These are probably the result of a new University joiners idea which was sponsored by Toshiba. It's presumably concept "innovation" - but I think some are missing practicality and as @zichi says, there are merits to older systems which could be better promoted (for more profit than these fanciful items).

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Ridiculous 'innovation' :)

Not that many laundry dryers in J homes I guess..

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