September 26, 2011 11:00 PM | Matthew Hawkins
Speaking as someone who's irked and annoyed with the constant need to make everyday minutia more exciting than it honestly needs to be via gamification, even I have to admit that Kingston University design student Lee Wei Chen's combination arcade game/laundry machine is a stroke of genius.
It works like this: the game part on top is tied to the washing unit at the bottom. To clear your clothes, simply insert a coin and play successfully. But mess up and you'll have to insert extra credits to keep the game/wash cycle going.
The possibilities behind such a mash-up is limitless. Imagine a variant that ups the ante by releasing hot water into one's cold cycle for each mistake. A poor game thus results in shrunken delicates. Or a bonus component that rewards the player by drying one's soaking wet attire after the main game.
[via Design Week]