March 7th, 2003

Washing Machine Cleans With Voice Recognition

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Racing out the door with your hands full of kids, lunches, laptops and briefcases when you realize that you forgot to start the laundry? Just tell Hermine, the voice-activated washer, to do it for you.

Getting its verbal knowledge from German company Speech Experts, Hermine is the first washing machine to agitate, spin and rinse through verbal commands. According to an article on Ananova.com, the machine can even handle complex instructions like “Pre-wash, then a hot wash at 95 degrees, spin at 1400 rotations, and start in half an hour.” The washer itself is based on a Siemens’ model.

For the novice with dirty clothes, Hermine comes with an added bonus



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