Doing laundry is boring, right? Wrong! Thanks to Lee Wei Chen, a MA student from Kingston University in London, laundry can be a blast if you use the arcade game washing machine he designed.
The 27 year-old designer came up with the idea to make a washing machine that not only resembles an arcade game, but also functions like one once he was forced to work in the “real world” and realized his video game skills were of no use to him. Now, his virtual skills come in handy when it comes to washing his clothing. The arcade gaming station has a washing machine in the lower portion of the unit in which the circuitry of the two devices are connected. The washing cycle is dependent on the user’s gaming skills – the better the player, the more efficient the laundry process will be. To start the amusement washing machine, a user must insert three pound coins – an equivalent of three “lives” in the video game. If the user does not reach a certain level in the game within a certain time frame, the washing machine will respond by stopping the cycle. To resume the cycle, the user must insert more coins and try again.