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The open source washing machine is undeniably cool… and a great example of the kind of guerrilla technological innovation one can find in India and Africa… I might suggest they turn their hand to a dialysis machine next…

From the ever surprising openmaterials.org.

This solar clothes washer was made by 2nd year art students from the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (France). The challenge was to make a DIY washing machine using only materials available in the sahara. The prototype shown above uses bicycle parts (the tires and wheel), bamboo, and a solar panel connected directly to a recycled electric motor (from a photocopier).

The Open Source Washing Machine project was created by France Cadet, Jean-Noël MontagnéJean-Pierre Mandon at the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence. Three machines were designed by the 2nd-year students over a three-day period. and

Here’s a short video and photos. More about the project at oswash.org.

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