CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2015
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Whirlpool is a global leader in the design and manufacture of appliances including an innovative line of Smart Appliances, which are Wi-Fi enabled and connected to the Internet.

Whirlpool’s commercial washers and dryers are widely used in public laundry facilities such as college dorms and apartment complexes. Using their Internet connectivity, these machines can provide lots of useful information, such as the price of a wash or the time when a load in a washer or dryer is done.

Launder, our Laundry Room Tablet Payment System, is a payment and information terminal for Whirlpool washers and dryers. It runs on dedicated tablet computers in unattended public laundry facilities. Launder is simple and easy to use, even by customers with no experience using mobile apps.

Launder enhances customers’ laundry room experiences in a variety of novel ways. Customers receive text messages when a machine becomes available or when their wash or dry is done, reducing the hassle of waiting in the laundry room.

Customers can send feedback to their laundry room manager, say to report broken machines, and they can gain rewards for consistent use of Whirlpool machines.

Launder centralizes payment by allowing customers to pay with their credit cards instead of coins, tokens or other payment methods. Launder optionally emails receipts to users.

Launder is written in C# and XAML, and runs on Windows 8 and Android tablets.