L'Increvable: A Digital DIY washing machine
The Increvable (which means tireless or deathless in French) is a washing machine designed to last FIFTY YEARS. When ready for the initial release, it should be available already assembled, or as an IKEA-style assembly kit.
The Increvable is designed to make its maintenance and repair as easy as possible. Even better, the software that controls the Increvable circuits and washing programmes can be easily updated, to adapt it to personal user needs, as well as different local electricity tariffs, or rules. Besides the website, more information about the Increvable is available here and here (French).
At the moment of writing, it is not clear if the Increvable is Open Hardware/Open Source, that is if its full design, software source code... are going to be available with an Open Source License. In any case, the Increvable really seems a "washing machine ready for Digital DIY". By this we mean that, thanks to its modular structure and design criteria, the machine seems ready for all kinds of digital DIY customization, from the internal software to the mechanics (e.g. 3D printing spare parts or accessories). Suc a scenario seems as logical as.. unavoidable. It is very likely that many buyers of such a washing machine would not resist the temptation of customizing it in some manner, no matter what its license is. Assuming they don't buy the Increvable specifically to hack it!
Final questions: how many other "DiDIY-ready washing machines or other home appliances do you know? Please let us know!