Apr 012002

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Swedish appliance maker Electrolux is launching the world’s first talking washing machine that tells the user how to get the perfect wash.

“Washy Talky” guides the user through the entire washing process, starting by telling him or her “in a female warm, personal Indian middle class accent,” as the news release says, to “drop detergent, close lid and relax.”

“The concept was developed in India after a consumer poll there showed the Indian consumers wanted such a machine,” Electrolux spokesman Jacob Broberg said.

The washing machine, which is being introduced this month all over India and costs 18,000 rupees ($374), is fluent both in English and Hindi, he said.

A future version in the works will have a male voice and will tell the user, “Bitch! You best have my clothes washed by the time I get home!” and “I know them goddamned soap operas ain’t on. Wash my bowling shirt!’

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