Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Auto Laundro

Massive group laundering
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A large warehouse like building sits on the corner. People bring in large baskets of assorted laundry, as if it were a public laundromat. In a way it is...

The clothes are fed singularly onto a long conveyer belt, where a sensor reads the RFID tags imbedded in the item. Various devices seperate the items onto different lines, much like the sorting system of postal services. The items are sorted by color, wash cycle, and specific instructions left by the customer.

The clothes are then lumped together by type, and are plunged into a large vat full of hot soapy water. The clothes continue on their journey, drying here, bleaching there, until they are finally redirected into customer specific baskets. The baskets are then directed into the storage area, where rows upon endless rows of baskets wait for their respective owners.

When the customer arrives to pick up their clothes, they swipe their claim ticket, check the bill, then swipe their credit card. Once validated, a robotic arm eagerly rushes to retieve it's master's fresh laundry. Another happy customer walks out of the auto launro.

All unidentifiable items found adrift are donated to charity.

Aq_Bi, May 11 2005

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       Alright. It's about time we all just stop wearing clothing. I'd give you a plus if this was just a giant vat everyone through their goverment issued clothes into. (or if all unidentifiable items were recycled into free fancy napkins for rich people)
SpocksEyebrow, May 11 2005
  

       I'd give you an even bigger plus if you'd offer some extra insight as to the meaning of your second sentence.
bristolz, May 11 2005
  

       croissant, but im curious as to the affordability and how long it would take for your load to get through and for you to find your load and get home with it.
CombatChuck, May 11 2005
  

       Clothes aren't quite useless, especially in colder climates. If nothing else, they allow expression of individuality.   

       This would provide vast savings on energy and water, hopefully covering the cost of manufacture. There's no need to search for your load. It is automatically delivered to you upon request. The entire system is automated, allowing you to quickly dump your items and pick them up later.
Aq_Bi, May 11 2005
  

       I propose genetic modification that grows thick fat like whales have on our bodies eliminating need for clothing. Individuality? Tattoos.
SpocksEyebrow, May 11 2005
  

       Most Americans already have the former...the latter tends to be rather permanent, unless you utilize programmable inks.
Aq_Bi, May 11 2005
  

       That summary sounds mighty suspicious.   

       If a few of the ideas on this site were actually implemented, then RHID tags would be on near enough anything that moves.
hidden truths, May 11 2005
  

       <puts on Spock voice> "Captain, the planet appears to be made of RFID tags."
moomintroll, May 11 2005
  
      
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