Watch This Giant Laundry-Folding Robot Handle A Stack Of Shirts

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a laundry-folding robot. In fact, the last time we saw one, it turned out to be a faked demo. So when we saw that the company Foldimate had turned up again to this year’s CES, we were suspicious. This time, though, the startup came with a working prototype in tow.

For those of you who read the words “laundry-folding robot” and were expecting a set of nimble, anthropomorphic hands, you’re in for a disappointment. The Foldimate actually looks like an office-grade printer. It’s a tall, boxy thing, with a feeder tray up top where you insert your tops and pants. And I do mean tops and pants: The current prototype can handle shirts and trousers just fine, but don’t bother with anything on the larger side, like sheets, towels or sweatshirts.