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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 March 2006, 12:51 GMT
Reinvented washer-dryer awarded
Mr Blackwell hopes his new machine will banish washday blues
A Devon graduate has won an award for a machine he invented that washes, dries and irons clothes.

Oliver Blackwell, who designed the WashDryIron for a project while at the University of Plymouth, said it saved about 10 days a year in ironing time.

He earned a 5,500 place at the London School of Interior Design and 2,000 cash after winning the Concept for Living award at the Ideal Home Show.

He said he had wanted to develop a product that everyone related to.

The 23-year-old, who completed a product design degree course last year, was presented with his prize at the show on Wednesday.

'Time saver'

His machine washes, dries and irons clothes in separate compartments and he claims it eliminates colour runs, shrinkage and ironing.

It can take around 16 items at a time, including king-size bed sheets.

Hangers are used to stop items becoming entangled and cutting down creases by 83%. The items are then dried and ironed by hot air blown across them.

Mr Blackwell said: "I see the WashDryIron as an 'object of desire' that could really benefit people's lives, particularly in allowing for more leisure, less house work time."

He expects the WashDryIron to retail at about 800 to 900.


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