About a year and a half ago when I was in Asia, I saw a lot of folks has laundry racks that were essentially lifts, where one could put the laundry out to dry and then lift it up out of the way. I thought this would be awesome for our laundry room, which unusually for a laundry room has a 12 foot ceiling. Since we live in Arizona, I hand a lot of things like my cotton shirts to dry, it reduces the wrinkles and in our 4% humidity it tends to be bone dry after just a few hours.
But it was impossible to find one in the US. I even had a contest on this web site to try to find one, with no real luck. So after nearly a year of searching, multiple false starts, language issues, shipping issues, disappearing orders, and a general contractor who had absolutely no idea how to install the thing, we finally meet with success:
It is awesome for us -- lowers to about 5 feet above the ground to make it easy to hang things on it, and then raises high enough that the laundry clears me head. Down & Up:
I'd buy the US distribution rights for this thing if I thought anyone else had similar applications for it over here.