SUTD students build smart rack that takes in the laundry when it rains
Rain-soaked laundry may become a problem of the past if some university students get their way.
A quartet of freshmen from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have built SmartDry - an intelligent clothes rack that automatically moves clothes back into the house when it rains.
Their prototype is fitted with light and rain sensors. Under gloomy, wet conditions, the rack moves indoors and saves home owners from having to do more laundry.
"We did a survey of about 200 people, and 79 per cent said that they re-wash clothes if they are caught in the rain," said Miss Faizah Ja'affar, 20. "Our creation helps to save energy and, for the elderly, also helps to prevent the physical strain of carrying bamboo poles."