The robowasher saves water


Robo-Washer Revolution cleans and dries hands, then recycles its water after each use.

Finally the wasting water while washing your hands is over. Inventor Donal Vitez showed the world how to do just that with his hand washing and drying device. The prototype of the Robo-Washer was shown at the Maker faire 2015 in New York.

The first iteration of the Robo-Washer appeared as a tall wooden crate with a stainless steel doggy bowl-shaped opening on top. Placing your hands in the bowl and rubbing them together saw them sprayed with high pressure soap water from all angles, before it then continued onto the drying cycle. The first version used around one cup of water per use, which was then drained after use.

The Robo-Washer Revolution as the new and improved machine was called features a much more refined design, with a uniform stainless steel body from top to bottom. But that’s not the most impressive upgrade. It does away with soap entirely and washes hands using a cup of antibacterial water instead. After each use, the unit filters and disinfects this very same water for the next set of grubby paws to be cleansed in, resulting in what Vitez claims to be hospital-grade hygiëne.robo-washer


Thus this company’s noble quest has shifted from offering a convenient and contact-free way to prepare your hands for post-bathroom use, to addressing water wastage. Vitez claims that a conventional sink has at least 17 gallons (65 l) dribble down its drain each day never to be seen again, but this is just the beginning. He hopes that the recycling technology inside the Robo-Wash Revolution will also find applications in dishwashers, washing machines, showers and drinking fountains. Which is promising, because we’re not entirely convinced everyone would be boarding this water recycling ship if it was purely anchored in the bacteria-filled waters of public restrooms.

Vitez won’t reveal how much each unit will cost, but does say that it will pay for itself in as little as one year as a result of the soap saved.