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Laundry Notifier

Notifier for shared washers and dryers
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In situations where several people have to share a washer and dryer (apartments, dorms, etc.) the washer and dryer would be hooked up to a network and would notify their user when their laundry is finished. Users could also check the network to see when the machines would be free and maybe also add their names to the waiting list and be notified when it is their turn.
confusionary, Aug 29 2000

e-Suds.net http://www.esuds.net/
Baked! [confusionary, Aug 30 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Random Hall Laundry http://laundry.mit.edu/
The aforementioned MIT dorm [beland, Oct 04 2004]


       This was one of my pet peeves when I had to share a coin operated washer -- parading my dirty laundry throughout the complex only to discover that the washers were all in use. One day I thought that I'd check first. They were empty. I raced back to get my laundry, but when I got back, they were in use.
arghblah, Sep 14 2000

       Managing the apartment complex laundry room via an intranet scheduling service. Nice. Probably will come to pass, too.
bristolz, Mar 05 2002

       There's another idea floating around, very similar to this one, that involves pagers (I think).
phoenix, Mar 05 2002

       Holy cow - this was here long before I posted Laundry Pager of which thou speaketh. confusionary is a visionary!
thumbwax, Mar 06 2002

       A couple living groups here at MIT have somewhat rudimentary systems for this. One dorm has all their washing machines and dryers networked so you can finger them from any machine on the entire network, or look at the website to determine their availability and their current state. One of the fraternities has a system where you can call the washer or dryer to see if they are available for use.
ekonopka, Jun 28 2002

       Add a webcam, too. And allow credit card reservations of individual washing machines or entire blocks of them for a short time period.


       And while we're at it, let's add a purchasable concierge service and a chauffeur to toddle laundry back and forth from the room in a little golf-cart style apparatus.
jester, Jun 28 2002

       Even before I read the annos, I guessed that it had been baked at MIT.   

       [jester], how about "high bandwidth" pneumatic tubes?
BinaryCookies, Aug 30 2002


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