Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FoldiMate Product Update - January 2017

We have been receiving some questions regarding product updates from customers who have registered or paid a deposit for FoldiMate.

Please note that our timeline hasn’t changed from when we first announced FoldiMate and we have met, and are still meeting all our targets.

This post is to share some information with you and to explain our prototype and production plan.

What is a FoldiMate prototype?

Our prototypes are functional machines that use a folding technique. With each new prototype we expand its capabilities and progress towards the final prototype (EPT - Engineering prototype) which is derived from the experience we gain from previous prototypes.

What prototypes have we developed so far?

We have developed four prototypes so far, and are now working on our fifth which is still not entirely complete, however, it is the first prototype that is capable of running the entire folding process, from clipping to stacking of the items. At this stage it can only fold specific shirts and pillowcases.

This was our previous prototype (Alpha 4) which was only capable of folding (no clipping and stacking)


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This is our newest prototype (Alpha 5) which we unveiled in CES 2017. Note that this prototype is slightly larger than the final EPT. The reason for this is to enable the engineers to work on the various internal parts, but rest assured the final product will be around the size of an average dryer/washer.

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To protect our work and to keep our technology safe the latest prototype has to be covered.
We will try to inform you of updates as they are made available but please bear in mind that there are limitations due to pending patents.

Why will the first units only ship at the end of 2018 and not sooner?

Building a mass production line for a new hardware product takes time, especially when it involves robotics and mechatronics such as those being used in FoldiMate.

Before we can develop a manufacturing line we still need to create between 2-3 additional prototypes. We will then reach the EPT (Engineering Prototype) explained above. This engineering prototype will look and function in a similar manner to the end product, however, it will cost much more to manufacture.

Once we have reached this stage it will take around a year to run quality checks, gain relevant certification, and build a factory that will mass manufacture FoldiMate at a price that is affordable to you, our customers.

Thank you for your support.

More updates and videos of our Alpha 5 prototype coming shortly.

If you have any further questions please write directly to us at info@foldimate.com.

47 comments:

  1. Sounds like you guys are making progress! Congrats at CES! Looking forward to ordering my first!

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    1. Thanks! We are just as excited as you :-)

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  2. Adorei!! Gostaria de adquirir uma logo em breve. Estou muito anciosa.

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    1. :-) Make sure you register and reserve one!

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  3. Keep pushing!!
    I'm expecting to see the final product. Looking forward to ordering my first soon.
    Good luck with the prototypes

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  4. Great progress, thanks a lot for the update, sounds really promising so far. Keep up your good work!

    Really looking forward to getting this great machine in 2019, Simon (Switzerland)

    BTW: Switzerland has 230V AC lines... Will you deliver two different versions to cover the whole world or will it have an internal power supply which is able to work between 100 and 240V AC?

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    1. Thanks Simon. We will deliver a FoldiMate that is suitable to your country. Hope that answers your question. If not, please write to us at info@foldimate.comm

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  5. If you need french beta tester, i'm here :)

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    1. We might! You never know. Write to us at info@foldimate.com

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  6. My husband put the money down to get one of the first in our area. He gave me the letter showing that for Christmas. I was so exited. I am very much looking forward to stacking my washer and dryer and putting our foldimate right in our laundry room.

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    1. :-) we are so excited to read your excitement! What a great husband you have too!

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  7. While I'm still upset you SO OBVIOUSLY snuck into my room and read my diary to make my wish a reality, I am looking so forward to this product. I'm very happy to have already deposited. Keeping my fingers crossed that the next stages go flawlessly.

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  8. Thanks Colin. Please don't tell everyone that we sneak into rooms :-)

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  9. Cannot wait to get your Foldimate, hope to be one of the very first as I have ordered with a deposit.
    I will use it to help my Laundrologist's speed up the processing of our wash & fold business, and have our customers use it, we expect to do a lot more business then.
    Michael at Suds City Laundromat and LaundryAngels.com, picking up and delivering Laundry to YOUR Home

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  10. Will you deliver to Switzerland and be able to guarantee after sale support? I am looking forward to being a Foldimate user!

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    1. We hope to deliver worldwide and of course offer sales support. We will advise which countries will be the first to receive their FoldiMate when we open pre-orders at the end of the year. Reserve yours so you will be one of the first to receive one in your region and also receive 10% discount. The deposit is fully refundable at anytime!

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  11. Não sabem o quanto espero por está maravilha. Pois trabalho, estudo e sou mãe, dona de casa. Assim sobrará tempo pro meu laser e ficar com meu marido.

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    1. :-) Sorry we can't reply in Portuguese, but we checked on Google Translate and we love your comment and look forward to seeing a FoldiMate in your home.

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  12. I am very excited to have one here in Germany, please notify me as soon as it 's available. Keep on!

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    1. We will. Hope you reserved one so you will receive 10% discount. We will make an announcement as soon as pre-orders open.

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  13. Looking forward to the product in 2018!

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  14. I hate folding clothes :) I really can't wait to get an hand on your product if the price will be affordable and you will sell in UK. Good luck and thank you so much for working on this. It looks like a very complex engineering and production challenge!

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    1. Hi Andrea, we really appreciate your kind words, and yes, it is complex, but we have some smart people working on it! The price will be around the equivalent of between $700-$850. To receive a 10% discount you should reserve yours. The deposit is fully refundable at anytime. Just register on the homepage and then you will arrive at a page where you can pay a deposit to reserve yours.

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  15. Super projet, et je vois que ça avance bien ! Votre communication à dépassé les frontières !

    Bon courage vous allez y arriver !

    Mathieu (France)

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  16. Very happy to read these news !
    If you need a second french beta tester, I'm yours.
    Good luck.
    Bernard from France

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    1. We might. We will certainly need input and feedback. Please write to us at info@foldimate.com and let us know you are interested.

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  17. I will be waiting for your OK because i really want to be the first user in Spain!!!!! Congrats for your excellent job and R&D!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Chris! Appreciate your comment and kind words.

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  18. If you guys are redoing the design then why not to include steam press with it.. When you are folding.. you can use folding arm to put pressure and steam..


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    1. We are working on de-wrinkling too. We won't use steam as it could cause corrosion, but we are working on other technologies. Thanks for the input!

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  19. Do you like long shirts Arab dress can develop your convenience

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    1. Hi Jamal, we are not sure we will manage to fold the Arab dress initially, but we will be testing lots of types of clothes and FoldiMate Family will be the first of many FoldiMate's. Eventually we would like to fold practically everything!

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  20. keep going .. I can wait to hear the news for producing Foldimate. I dream to be the first women in United Arab Emiratse who own your product. Congratulations for the awards.

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  21. good morning how to buy foldmate in Italy

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    1. Hi, please register and then reserve yours and we will advise when pre-orders will open for Italy. The deposit for reserving your FoldiMate will entitle you to 10% discount and priority shipping and is fully refundable.

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  22. Keep pushing!!
    I'm expecting to see the final product. Looking forward to ordering my first soon.
    Good luck with the prototypes

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  23. If you ever need an Italian tester, count me in!!!

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  24. Hi there.
    Are you going to Sell for France ?
    Keep going the good job.

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  25. Is this machine can be custom made to be used as a business tool at self service laundry? Putting tokens/coins before using.

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  26. Hi,

    Sorry, FoldiMate Family is not intended for commercial use.

    Using the home model in a commercial/business environments voids the warranty.

    We will be happy to reach out to you once we have a commercial version ready for beta testing.

    Regards,
    Your Folding Mates
    www.foldimate.com


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