The Dressman Automatic Iron by Siemens

While it may look like just a concept, the Siemens Dressman actually exists - and does a great job at getting the wrinkles out of shirts. In Germany, Siemens sold about 4,000 units within a few months of release. How it works is a bit more than just hot air. See what else after the jump.

According to an Emnid survey, ironing is one of the household chores people hate the most. The Dressman by Siemens aims to change the time and skill required by ironing.

The new ironing assistant requires you to simply pull the shirt over the mannequin to begin. Twelve fully automatic programs, depending on the type of garment, will take care of the rest by inflating a shell made of a balloon silk with hot air to get the shirt into shape. Using a lower heat, the shirt conforms to the shell, eliminating wrinkles and unsightly stains. Additional functions can dry wet jacks and air out sports coats. And it's relatively energy efficient, running just 5 cents per shirt to operate. Unfortunately, the initial investment is quite steep at over $1,000.

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