Washing machine has a new kind of cycle

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A SHEFFIELD Hallam graduate has come up with a unique way of washing clothes in developing countries by designing a washing machine that runs entirely on pedal-power.

Richard Hewitt, 21, has just completed his degree in product design at the university, and designed the belt-driven washing machine tricycle after he visited an orphanage in Burundi, central Africa.

His SpinCycle design is fitted to the back of a tricycle where it is loaded with dirty clothes, detergent and water before being pedalled for around 10 minutes. It is then drained and rinse water is added before another 10- minute session completes the cycle. The design, on show in the Creative Spark exhibition, can be used to spin-dry the clothes.