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The Sonic Soak uses ultrasound waves to clean clothes
The Sonic Soak uses ultrasound waves to clean clothes
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Users can set a timer on the wall unit
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Users can set a timer on the wall unit
The Sonic Soak works by emitting ultrasound waves through water, creating tiny, high-pressure bubbles that blast dirt, oil and bacteria off of whatever's being cleaned
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The Sonic Soak works by emitting ultrasound waves through water, creating tiny, high-pressure bubbles that blast dirt, oil and bacteria off of whatever's being cleaned
The Sonic Soak team says the device can be used to clean personal hygiene items like toothbrushes and razors, as well as other household tools like scissors
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The Sonic Soak team says the device can be used to clean personal hygiene items like toothbrushes and razors, as well as other household tools like scissors
The Sonic Soak can make it easy to wash clothes on trips and while camping
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The Sonic Soak can make it easy to wash clothes on trips and while camping
Jewelry and watches can also get a cleaning with the Sonic Soak – provided they're waterproof
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Jewelry and watches can also get a cleaning with the Sonic Soak – provided they're waterproof
The Sonic Soak is small and portable, and the kit includes the submersible cylinder that emits ultrasound waves and the wall unit that lets users control it and set timers
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The Sonic Soak is small and portable, and the kit includes the submersible cylinder that emits ultrasound waves and the wall unit that lets users control it and set timers
The Sonic Soak uses ultrasound waves to clean clothes
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The Sonic Soak uses ultrasound waves to clean clothes
The Sonic Soak was funded through Indiegogo, and is currently available for the "Late Bird" price of US$150
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The Sonic Soak was funded through Indiegogo, and is currently available for the "Late Bird" price of US$150
The Sonic Soak can also wash fruits and vegetables
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The Sonic Soak can also wash fruits and vegetables

Finding time to wash your clothes is difficult enough at home, but it's even more of a hassle when you're traveling. The Sonic Soak is designed to act like a tiny, portable washing machine, using sound waves to clean clothes – including your delicates – as well as jewelry, toothbrushes, cutlery, baby items, fruit, veggies and basically whatever else can be thrown into a tub of water with it.

The Sonic Soak works on the idea of using ultrasound to clean items. Placed in water, the device emits high-frequency sound waves that create tiny pressurized bubbles. These collide with the items being washed and blast away contaminants like dirt, oil and bacteria.

The Sonic Soak is small and portable, and the kit includes the submersible cylinder that emits ultrasound waves and the wall unit that lets users control it and set timers
The Sonic Soak is small and portable, and the kit includes the submersible cylinder that emits ultrasound waves and the wall unit that lets users control it and set timers

In the case of the Sonic Soak, the ultrasound-emitting part is a stainless-steel cylinder measuring 4.13 x 1.38 in (10.5 x 3.5 cm). This is placed in a tub or sink full of water and a splash of detergent, and hooked up to a unit that plugs into a wall outlet. The device emits 50,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second, and users can set timers from the wall unit.

The Sonic Soak makes short work of your clothes, but the device's potential goes way beyond that. The team says it can gently clean delicate fabrics like silk and lace; hygiene items like toothbrushes and razors, baby bottles and pacifiers; and silverware, toys, tools, eyeglasses, jewelry, dishes, fruit and vegetables.

Being smaller than a smartphone means the Sonic Soak is very portable, so it should earn its place in travel or camping kits. The team also points out that it uses just 10 percent of the energy and under two percent of the water of a regular washing machine, and it's silent, thanks to the limitations of the human ear.

The Sonic Soak can also wash fruits and vegetables
The Sonic Soak can also wash fruits and vegetables

Although the company is billing the Sonic Soak as "the world's first portable ultrasonic cleaner," items like the Dolfi pebble have been doing the same thing for years. That said, the Sonic Soak looks like a particularly well engineered iteration of the idea.

Apparently, plenty of people think so too: The Sonic Soak was funded through an Indiegogo campaign last year, raising a ridiculous 9,500 percent of its goal and cracking the US$2-million mark. "Late Bird" prices begin at $150 for the device, which has already started shipping out to backers, so there shouldn't be too long a wait if you jump in now.

Source: Indiegogo

1 comment
GP
It seems this maybe just a marketing campaign for an existing product that you can buy in China for US$50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P0Tfq02Su8