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ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- The technology behind cleaning clothes has spun through more than a few cycles over the last century, from clunky hand-cranked machines to today's gleaming appliances that can detect a load's size and even how much grime is ground into the fabric.

Soon, those who delight in living the clean life could be awash in an even newer twist.

Washers and dryers that link wirelessly to Internet-connected home networks are being tested by consumers who are receiving updates on their dirty laundry via cell phones, computers and TV sets.

Messages not only indicate when a wash is complete but also can warn that a lint filter is clogged or a load is too large. Users can remotely command the machines to fluff dry clothes or start a load from a distance after being told -- oops -- they forgot to start the wash.

 

You can read the rest of the story here...

 

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/07/25/laundryof.thefuture.ap/index.html

 

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Is this going a little too far?


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LOL, thank, NJ, I needed this laugh! Actually, IF the silly things can empty and separate the dirty clothes from my room WITHOUT needing the basket, WHILE I SLEEP, then maybe they are on to something! Otherwise, I am happy with what I have!


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Receive updates on their dirty laundry via cell phones, computers and TV sets?  I say if I'm not there to see it for myself, I don't wanna know!


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Receive updates on their dirty laundry via cell phones, computers and TV sets?  I say if I'm not there to see it for myself, I don't wanna know!

Ah, but Chevy, this is not for the individual person who throws in a load of clothes to dry as they go on a quick shopping trip. Most of us would rather be there to fold the laundry before it wrinkles, or if it is in the washer, be able to put the load into the dryer, so this technology makes no sense at all… unless.

 

This e-mail feature only makes sense if it is used to track others. You know, like the wife, husband, or kids at home that were ordered to do the laundry and the overbearing controller type just has to know that they are doing what they were told to do.

 

It is all part if this new age of tracking everyone, everywhere, all the time.

 

People can load software on your computer to track your every move online, there are cell phones designed to track every call, and cars to tattle on the driver every time they speed, and there are more and more traffic light cameras… and cameras everywhere for that matter.

 

Where will the privacy stop evaporating? From the looks of it, not until there is no privacy left at all.

 

 

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 Most of us would rather be there to fold the laundry before it wrinkles,  

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Clothes wrinkle?

 

Is that what that hot flat thing is for?

 

...not toast?


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