Laundry arcade helps obsessive gamers smell better

As you probably know if you've ever played World of Warcraft with the smells turned on, video games don't teach you how to do laundry. This new washing machine concept is hooked up to a video game console, and for the first time, the cleanliness of your clothes is directly, not inversely, proportional to your gaming skill.

The way this thing seems to work is that you put in your dirty laundry like normal, and then put in some coins to start the game. As long as you don't run out of lives in game, the laundry cycle will continue, but if you die, you'll need to fork over more cash. As the machine's designer, Kingston University masters student Lee Wei Chen, comments: "'I realized that the skills I had developed in the virtual world were useless in the real world. I wanted to make them useful."

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In an ironic twist, Chen apparently has no idea how to do laundry whatsoever: "I don't even know how to choose the program," he says. So much for those real-world skills, I guess.

Via Design Week

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