July 25, 2017

The Dishwasher of the Future – A Shape Shifter

Newscientist.com has found a great solution to that half-filled smelly dishwasher that you feel guilty running because it will waste water- The Shape Shifting Dishwasher –

A problem with conventional dishwashers is that to save water, energy and detergent, people wait until the machine is full before switching it on.

But if the dishwasher is in a single-person household, or one where people often eat out, it can take several days for the dishwasher to fill. This can lead to hygiene problems and offensive smells, and to food drying onto dishes, which is then harder to remove.

Now Paul Frigout from Coventry University has an answer in the form of a dishwasher with a movable partition. This changes the size of the washing compartment so it can accommodate small or large loads.

When the dishwasher is switched on, it washes only those dishes on one side of the partition. The other area could be used to store clean dishes, or can be used for an alternate cycle of washing while the first section is still drying.

The system is perfect for the person living alone, says Frigout.

Read the full shape-shifting dishwasher patent application