lee wei chen: arcade washing machine
sep 27, 2011
lee wei chen: arcade washing machine



‘amusement washing machine’ by lee wei chen
all images courtesy of kingston university, london
/ lee wei chen

lee wei chen master of design student at london’s kingston university takes laundry to the next level with his
‘amusement washing machine’. chen’s version of the home appliance resembles that of an arcade style video console
that houses a washing machine in the bottom half of the unit.

the idea spawned when the studying designer was no longer happy with just shooting alien invaders.
he wanted to utilize his ‘wasted but enjoyable time’ and make it more productive. ‘I realized the skills I had developed in the
virtual world were useless in the real world. I wanted to make them useful,
‘ he explains.


the bottom half of the gaming console unit houses a washing machine

to use the machine, players are required to put three pound coins into the washer which in turn dispenses three lives.
this also turns the appliance on. if a player fails to progress beyond a particular level without losing their lives,
the washing machine responds by refusing to move onto the next stage of its cycle, and hence the player needs to add more money.

chen’s's course leader colin holden says of the project:
this is a big and original idea – examining the possibility of transporting enjoyment and skills of electronic gaming
into the more mundane world of practical electronic devices. he has chosen two instantly recognizable objects –
a washing machine and an arcade game – to illustrate his idea. together the two objects produce a striking new electronic device.
it’s an extremely well-executed design concept.


once money is fed into the machine, the player is given three lives to wash their clothes


full view

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library