Xiaomi launches a mini wall-mounted washing machine... for underwear?
The MiniJ washing machine will go on sale for US$379
The promotional photos for the device show it hanging above a regular washing machine, begging the obvious question: Why do you need a second one?
The device is controlled by an LED touchscreen that lets you choose the wash cycle either on the panel itself, or (surprise!) through a smartphone app -- although given the small size of the unit, it’s safe to say it’s best not to use it for towels or even too many t-shirts.
It’s actually from MiniJ, one of the companies in Xiaomi’s huge ecosystem. Xiaomi invests in many of these companies, which make products that it will then sell in its stores and sometimes even promote at company events. It allows Xiaomi to expand into a whole range of products -- toys, scooters, even pens -- without the risk of having to develop and build them in-house.
They are both only available in China, so you’ll have to keep washing your underwear in your normal machine -- for now.