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Peggy is aimed at time-poor parents who don't need their washing to get caught in rain
Peggy is aimed at time-poor parents who don't need their washing to get caught in rain
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Peggy looks something like a regular (oversized) clothes peg, but packed inside are light, temperature and humidity sensors, along with a Wi-fi chip and lithium-ion battery
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Peggy looks something like a regular (oversized) clothes peg, but packed inside are light, temperature and humidity sensors, along with a Wi-fi chip and lithium-ion battery
The connected clothes peg is currently in testing
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The connected clothes peg is currently in testing
Peggy is aimed at time-poor parents who don't need their washing to get caught in rain
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Peggy is aimed at time-poor parents who don't need their washing to get caught in rain
Peggy can also tell users how long their clothes will take to dry
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Peggy can also tell users how long their clothes will take to dry
Peggy isn't afraid to advise on non-laundry matters either
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Peggy isn't afraid to advise on non-laundry matters either
Peggy can also tell users how long their clothes will take to dry
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Peggy can also tell users how long their clothes will take to dry
Peggy is aimed at time-poor parents who don't need their washing to get caught in rain
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Peggy is aimed at time-poor parents who don't need their washing to get caught in rain

A quick turn in the weather can bring undone even the most carefully planned loads of washing, so detergent maker Omo is tapping into the Internet of Things (IoT) to offer a helping hand. Peggy is a smart clothes-peg prototype that uses a number of sensors and local weather information to tell you when the washing is dry and ping you when rain's on the way to prevent you drying the same load twice.

Peggy looks something like a regular (oversized) clothes peg, but packed inside are light, temperature and humidity sensors, along with a Wi-Fi chip and lithium-ion battery. By accumulating data through these sensors and connecting to the internet, it keeps an eye on local weather conditions and sends an alert to the user's smartphone when the black clouds start rolling in.

But this is only one part of Omo's vision for how we'll do laundry in the IoT era. The app also taps into its wealth of weather knowledge to tell users the best time to do the washing, pushes a notification to the phone when the cycle is complete and tells you how long it will take to dry on the line in current conditions.

Peggy can also tell users how long their clothes will take to dry
Peggy can also tell users how long their clothes will take to dry

And Peggy isn't afraid to advise on non-laundry matters either. It will even ping users when the skies are clearing up and suggest outdoor activities for the family. We're not sure this offers much more than a regular weather forecast or an inquisitive look out the window, but it is in keeping with Omo's marketing ploy for Peggy: making things easier for time-poor parents.

The connected clothes peg is currently in testing with those interested in taking part able to register their interest via the source link below. News.com.au reports that the market price for Peggy would be in the tens of dollars and that Omo would work to extend the battery life before a commercial launch of the product, with the current prototypes requiring daily recharging via USB.

You can check out the peggy promo video below.

Source: Omo

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2 comments
tacheonabike
i live in manchester, can do without that amount of nuisance calls
PlanetPapi
Hmm. Still don't really understand this product. What does it do again? Is this aimed at parents who do drying the clothes outdoors and outdoors only? Really what % of people dry clothes outdoors in this country? Anyway we don't need products that mimic common sense. Just use your energy on things that solve a problem. If there are dark clouds outside you just don't hang them outdoors. A 5 year old can tell you that. Your smart phone can tell you that. There is an app called "weather" on your phones. Ask your 5 year old how to use it. And I have to take the peg inside to charge it everyday? Why couldn't you come up with clothes line itself that charges this thing automatically? BTW this would sell good on Kickstarter. More fools out there to shell out their money.