The Ultrasonic Bath: Sanyo’s vision of futuristic appliances

In the 1970s, people had the most bizarre ideas about the future. Scientists and inventors were sure that the earth would be a futuristic place complete with flying cars and robots. Here is another product that the veteran’s thought would become a part of the futuristic homes. Known as the Ultrasonic Bath, it was a product by consumer electronics maker Sanyo and was displayed at the 1970 World Expo in Osaka. What looks like a gigantic washing machine for humans instead of clothes was the company’s vision of appliances they thought would populate tomorrow’s home. Using a ladder, the bather climbs in through an opening on top of the machine, which stands about 2 meters (6 ft) tall. Once the desired water temperature is set, and the main switch is activated, the pre-rinse cycle starts, spraying the user with hot water jets for 5 minutes. This is followed by a 3-minute massage created by high-pressure jets to improve blood circulation. Finally, a drying procedure includes a 2-minute hot rinse cycle and a 5-minute dry cycle of warm air. The bath concludes with a thorough scan using infrared and ultraviolet lights to destroy any lingering germs.

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A great concept, I wish it were produced.

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