The project is born in spring 2008 during an Open Source Hardware workshop for artists in Craslab Paris : the Freeduino board is a low-cost Open Source Hardware environnement created to replace system managers for sensors, actuators or data acquisition in many devices. This electronic board is mostly used by artists, designers, architects…
We were talking about the features of the Freeduino ” for example, a 12 $ freeduino could replace the programmer in any washing machine, because it can manage the keyboard of the washing machine, it can manage the heat and pressure sensors of the machine, and it can manage all the hardware like heater, pumps or valves, and you could programm your washing cycles by yourself“.
The idea of a DIY electronic washing machine using recycling parts and Open source microcontroller was born, “let’s do it ! ” but immediatly, we knew that this was a western style project for rich countries only. Here in rich countries, we use industrialised washing machines, we have electricity, running water, sanitation and detergents. But for more than 2 billion people, no water, or few water, no running water, nor energy or possibility to buy and maintain a washing machine western style, even made with recycled parts.
We had to find another way to brainstorm on the problem.
yes, this is 21th century, and it’s the situation of billion people in the world