Current washing machines have several issues. They use substantial quantities of water compared to hand washing, need electricity, and are quite expensive. Manual washing on the other hand, is tedious and time-consuming. In rural areas, this is further exacerbated by the fact that rural women must go many miles to a water source for washing, which involves time, effort, and pollutes the water. IISc has developed a portable, manually operated, cost-effective washing machine that can be ridden to the water source, which requires no electricity to run, and requires substantially less water to provide washing of similar or superior quality.
This invention by a team of three scientists -Amaresh Chakrabarti, Manish Kumar and Pulin M Raje -from the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM) of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) sounds just the perfect appliance for a country battling the pressure of water and power crisis.
Conceived in 2008, the washing drum has gone through many processes and is patented. The Society for Innovation and Development (SID), within the IISc campus, is now liaisoning with industry to take it to the market.
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