Glenn Reid put his effort in six years working for Steve Jobs — his first-year job was at a startup called NeXt, and after that from 1998 to 2003 at Apple, where he made the first forms of iPhoto and iMovie.
Presently with his new startup, Marathon Laundry, Reid says he’s sprinkling Silicon Valley enchantment dust onto an issue near and dear with an exceptionally Apple-like methodology: Dirty garments.
With its imminent Marathon Internet-connected washer/dryer, Reid gloats that Marathon Laundry could accomplish for the demonstration of washing garments what Tesla accomplished for the electric car. Even better, it’s not going to charge what a Tesla costs when it dispatches not long from now, conveying a price of $1,199 – which is competitive with most laundry machines.
For one thing, the simple idea of a washer/dryer is to a great degree engaging, particularly for any homeowner. As Reid notes, it’s been done for some time, mostly in Europe, yet they’re not particularly useful. Truth be told, he says, they sort of “suck.” That’s the place his Apple foundation kicks in.
At Apple, one of their popular expressions was to ‘make it not suck,’ says Reid.
That is the place the second part comes in. Since it connects with the Internet, the Marathon 1.0 can harvest colossal measures of information from every individual client. It implies that generally as Tesla gathers information from the autos it offers to enhance its “Autopilot” self-driving mode, Marathon’s clothing frameworks will take in more and more after some time how to wash your garments, without your expecting to tinker frequently with the confusing controls of a clothes washer.
Undoubtedly, Reid says that there’s truly no explanation behind a clothes washer to have the same number of controls as it does, subsequent to there’s truly just two things they do: water temperature and time.
Reid says that he can envision the late Steve Jobs taking a gander at a clothes washer, running over the interface with absolute attention to detail, at last discovering it is excessively complicated.
Jobs would say isn’t there some perfect temperature? According to Reid.
With the Marathon washer/dryer, the objective is to gather enough information to make sense of that one flawless temperature that works for 90% of clothing loads, the same way that the Apple design is simply ideal for most users.
From that point, you can begin contemplating a wide range of science-fiction stuff. For example, a Marathon representative says that it’s possible that one day the machine could recognize the stains on your garments and naturally apply the best treatment.