V&A futuristic show explores power clothes, space factories – and a slo-mo towel chum

By Mark Brown, Arts correspondent

Museum plans 2018 ‘power of design' exhibition exploring how groundbreaking technologies could change the world

New technology could allow us to clean up devastating damage to the environment, charge a phone with our clothes and create vast factories in space. But it appears to have its limits: the tedium of laundry, a new exhibition suggests, will still be down to us.

An exhibition next year at the V&A on possibly revolutionary design will include some notable missteps besides the successes – the robot, for instance, programmed to fold towels and taking 15 minutes to do each one. “The robots are coming but they're not coming that quickly,” admitted the curator, Rory Hyde.

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