A human-shaped dummy that irons shirts by pumping itself up with hot air has been created by researchers in Spain. It is the first machine designed for the home that can take on this tedious chore.
"This will be a complement to the lawnmowing and vacuum cleaning robots that already exist," says Jan Karlsson of the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland.
"Ironing is so boring," says Karlsson. "I really think people will use this." Surveys show that ironing is the domestic chore that people dislike the most, with shirts considered the most difficult.
I'm going to go pick this up at the store in my flying car. Then I'll put it right next to my soapless washing machine!