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Samsung donates washers, dryers to athletes' village of Paralympics

All Headlines 11:00 March 14, 2018

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday it has donated 150 units of washers and dryers with improved accessibility based on artificial intelligence technology to the athletes' village of the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics currently underway in South Korea.

The company said it supplied AddWash and FlexWash washers along with dryers for athletes participating in the competition that runs through Sunday.

Samsung Electronics said the FlexWash washers provided to the athletes' village are equipped with its voice-recognition platform, Bixby, allowing users with physical or visual troubles to activate them without hurdles.

The Bixby-equipped FlexWash can recommend optimized washing modes and deliver details on progress through voice alone, the company said. By connecting to the Internet, the washer is also capable of automatically inspecting itself.

"We hope that the various washers and dryers provided by Samsung Electronics, including the FlexWash that comes with improved accessibility, lend a hand to athletes' daily lives and competition at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics," Samsung Electronics said.

The new FlexWash supplied to the athletes' village will officially hit shelves in South Korea at the end of March.

Samsung is a worldwide partner of the International Paralympic Committee.

Participants in the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics receive instructions on using Samsung Electronics Co.'s washers at the athletes' village in PyeongChang, around 180 kilometers east of Seoul, in this photo released by Samsung on March 14, 2018. (Yonhap)

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