One of the world's most pressing problems, at least in some parts, is a water shortage. While this might not be as serious an issue in much of the US and Canada, it's a real problem in many parts of Europe, Australia, and Asia. With advanced technology at our fingertips, you'd think we'd have this problem beat by now, and a solution might be in sight, with concepts like WashIt.
So what is WashIt? In short, imagine a regular shower cabinet, with a washing machine incorporated into one of its walls. It uses excess water from the shower to wash clothes, so every time you take a shower, you can take off your dirty clothes, place them in the washing machine, and make use of the water you're wasting to do some laundry.
The water from the shower goes through three kinds of filters before it gets used again in the washing machine part of WashIt. The device is intended for both private and public use, and it comes in two different models: One with the washing machine facing out (for home use), and one with it facing in for public use, for optimum privacy.
Designed by students from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, WashIt has already won an international iF design award, and WashIt creators Ahmet Burak Aktas, Salih Berk Ilhan, Adem Onalan, and Burak Soylemez are now looking for ways to build a real prototype out of this cool concept.
The designers seem to have thought of everything: The concept includes a water tank for storing water, a heating unit, changeable filters, an escape vent for steam, and even a built-in dryer. If WashIt becomes reality, not only will is help us save water, it will also save us from ever running out of clean clothes and from hauling huge loads of laundry to and fro. Sounds like a good deal to me!