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The Morus Zero is presently on Kickstarter
The Morus Zero is presently on Kickstarter
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The Morus Zero is capable of drying up to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) worth of clothes at one time
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The Morus Zero is capable of drying up to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) worth of clothes at one time
The Morus Zero is presently on Kickstarter
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The Morus Zero is presently on Kickstarter

For apartment-dwellers who don't like going to laundromats, there are already compact washing machines – but what happens when the washed clothes need to be dried? Well, that's where the diminutive Morus Zero comes in.

Capable of drying up to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) worth of clothes at one time, the Zero uses a pump to draw air out of its sealable inner chamber. This creates a vacuum inside, which allows water to evaporate from the clothing at a lower temperature than would otherwise be possible. As a result, less heat and therefore less energy is required, as compared to a conventional dryer of the same size.

A moisture sensor detects when the clothes are dry, then automatically stops the machine – a single drying cycle is claimed to take about 15 minutes. No venting is required, as the evaporated water is collected within a slide-out tray. Users are alerted when that tray needs to be emptied.

The Morus Zero is capable of drying up to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) worth of clothes at one time
The Morus Zero is capable of drying up to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) worth of clothes at one time

Additionally, an ultraviolet light within the dryer is used to kill a claimed 99.9 percent of bacteria that may be present in the clothing. Other features include a three-motor design that allows the drum to better tumble clothes by alternately turning back and forth in two directions, along with integrated push-button controls that let users set drying parameters.

Should you be interested, the Morus Zero is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$299 will get you one, when and if they reach production. The planned retail price is $549.

Source: Kickstarter

4 comments
McDesign
Kind of an interesting concept - I'm going to see what the curve of pressure vs. evap. point is, and suitable vacuum pump power requirements - might be a fun home project
toyhouse
Fascinating. I wonder if it's technically possible to combine wash and dry using this tech into a similarly sized device? I imagine it'd be desirable for r.v.'s, tiny homes, apts., etc.. Especially as it's a power saving device and some of those locations don't often have the power available for drying and on top of that,...they're also space compromised. As it is, very interested in this - oh how I wish they'd lower the price.
bhtooefr
There are all-in-one washer/dryers that run off of a standard 120 volt/15 amp US outlet (or in Japan, even a 100 volt/15 amp outlet) that use resistance heating, but use condensing to pull the water out of the air (and send it down the same drain that wash water goes through). ...I can't see why this idea couldn't be added to one of those, to reduce drying time...
david28
Might be wise to watch this before "contributing" big bucks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfkphhQtEys