LG's just outed an updated washer-dryer combo that might get us interested in learning how to do our own laundry yet. Equipped with a new tech called SmartDiagnosis, the appliance (when not functioning properly) prompts the user to punch in a specific combination sequence on the device. The washer or dryer then plays aloud a series of tones, which a technician can use over the phone to determine what the problem is. This method, it would seem, trumps having to describe what's going on to someone over the phone, and can help troubleshoot any issues that might be solvable sans housecall. They're not the cheapest laundry machines we've ever seen -- about $2,000 each -- but we'll take two, please.

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LG debuts washer and dryer that play 'tunes' for problem diagnosis