Raining outside? No dryer in the house? This new clothes hanger from Japan will dry clothes, shoes and boots at the touch of a button.

While Japanese families usually have a wide variety of household appliances, there’s one machine that just hasn’t caught on: the clothes dryer. The vast majority of people in Japan prefer to simply air dry their laundry, using all manner of multi-pegged contraptions to cram as much as possible into the small spaces of sun outside. And when it’s raining, there are all types of clothing pole systems to get the job done at a snail’s pace indoors.

So what happens when you get caught in a downpour or you reach for your favourite shirt, only to find it’s too wet to wear?

▼ “But I wanted to wear this tomorrow…”


Previously, the best option would have been to stand there with a hair dryer, keeping both hands full with no time to do anything else. But now, you can simply hang your garments on a special clothes hanger from Thanko, a product development company that, as well as bringing us the amazing Zero Gravity Armchair, came up with the idea of incorporating a heating unit into the traditional hanging frame. The unit blows hot air out along the length of the hanger, drying your clothes in minutes.


The hanger starts working at the touch of a button. Plus, the arms can be replaced with bendy ones, which are perfect for reaching into wet boots and shoes.


The compact size means it stores away nicely and can be taken away easily on trips. The hanger can hold up to five kilograms (11 pounds) in weight.


▼ And you can also set it up as a towel holder to enjoy some warmth in winter. No more soggy towels!


The warm drying hanger retails for 5,980 yen (US$49.30) and is sure to be a hit with people in Japan during the country’s notorious rainy season!

Source: ITmedia
Images: Thanko

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