Just what you always wanted - an automated laundry chute. Jitendra Tailor of
created a laundry chute that opens and closes on its own. Drop your clothes on
the trap door (built into the floor of an upstairs bathroom) and the door
opens, dropping your clothes down to the laundry room. Once the clothes have
fallen, the trap door closes. A motor, a series of pulleys and a couple
switches is all you need to automate the chore of sending your clothes down to
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Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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