The New Laundry Machine: It Texts and E-mails
Doing laundry is about as fun as watching the paint dry, and given our technological advances, it hasn't come very far in the past 50 years, at least in terms of convenience.
Enter the Maytag washing machines at Wheelock College; the wired washers and dryers actually text and e-mail when they're done with a load. The system lets students log on to a Web site where a virtual laundry room shows the status of each machine: White means it's available, gray means out of order, and one that's in use will be red and shaking. The upgrade is one part of a $24 million eco-friendly student center and dormitory complex that the school has built.
Don't expect the tech to show up at your crowded urban laundromat just yet -- the small Boston-area college has only 752 students, so keep saving your quarters. [From: Boston Herald]