The new machine uses high-frequency sound waves to vibrate water molecules out of fabric, which becomes mist inside the machine which is siphoned out (the same way a regular dryer removes the water).
Did you know that if you combine your fridge, dishwasher, and clothes washer, you still have less energy use than just your dryer alone in some houses?
These new sound wave dryers can dry in 20 minutes what would take a normal machine 50, and they use about 70% less energy. At least this is what the current prototype is reported to be doing.
The company behind it is called Oak Ridge, and they're working with GE to eventually put out a commercially available model.
Note for scientists: the machine's drum is lined with piezoelectric ultrasound transducers.