In September of 2017 Bosch showed a prototype of a handheld scanner designed to choose the right setting on the washing machine. Everyone has at least shrunk one jumper or wondered how to treat a specific stain.
The tri-corder like X-Spect can scan your garment and it would communicate instructions to your washing machine. X-Spect also offered a suggestion about drying and ironing.
Exactly one year later we’ve got a washing machine that does exactly what this prototype showed off, the technology behind it is a little different but the premise behind it was exactly the same.
The i-DOS is a washing machine that automatically detects the types of clothes you’ve put in, how dirty they are and will figure out what setting to use for washing and drying. All you have to do is throw your clothes in!
We needed to understand how the i-DOS works!
Armed with a sensor-supported automatic program, that not only detects the size of the load, the type of fabric and dirty your clothes are AND it selects the right dryer program with no input from you! All you have to do is throw your clothes in and it will figure out the rest.
How does i-DOS know what to do?
The i-DOS is packed with sensors: a flow sensor to measure the exact amount of water; load sensor Plus analyses the water pressure in the drum. The data from these two sensors are used to determine the exact load volume and to distinguish between cotton, synthetics and mixed loads.
The machine can also detect just how dirty your clothes are, the aqua sensor analyses the turbidity of the drain water via infrared. Only if it detects that your clothes are very dirty will it deliberately intensify the washing process.
The i-DOS even has an AntiStain function, once you tell it what kind of stain it is the machine automatically adapts the cycle to the specific stain.
The i-Dos is looking first and foremost to conserve resources as every load is treated individually. With the automatic dosing system, perfect washing results virtually guaranteed. The machine determines the amount of water needed for the specific stain and the individual load volume. This is measured and controlled by the flow sensor and the load sensor Plus. Additionally, the temperature sensor guarantees that the stain is treated at just the right temperature. The intelligent control is able to tackle 16 of the most stubborn stains can be automatically removed.
The automated processes follow through to the drying cycle, where they area dried to increase crease-resistance. Knowing the types of fabrics that appear in your machine means that you won’t be shrinking your favorite sweater again anytime soon. The machine will also know how to dry your clothes so they’re less prone to wrinkling.
The i-DOS can also be controlled from anywhere via the Home Connect app. When the wash is finished, the app notifies the user via a push message.
Smart programs and features include MyTime to determine the optimum washing and drying time or adjust and extend it from 20 minutes up to a maximum of 120 minutes. The SpeedPerfect program can be used to save up to 65% of the operating time without compromising on results, and with Wash & Dry 60 minutes, slightly soiled fabrics can be cleaned and dried in a minimum of time.
The Iron Assist program can be activated to help eliminate odors and creases from garments. Other special programs available via the Home Connect app include Shirts, Down, AllergiePlus and Sportswear.
We loved the futuristic way the X-Spect presented, vibrational spectroscopy is cool, but the hands-free way that the i-DOS takes the worry out of washing and drying is way much more convenient.