Monday, February 11, 2013

Mother of Inventions



With all this modern technology about I am amazed at what hasn't been invented yet. Or maybe it has. But there's no profit in it.

Look at 1935 and the robot that could do just about everything while you stood around in your pearls. Mix your drinks, wash your clothes, make butter, knead bread, ironed sheets, etc. See how we've backslid?

Examples of stuff we don't have yet:

A fridge that will scan all the contents by barcode as you stock up and then suggest recipes and tell you when the eggs are running out, etc.

A sensor in the washing machine to detect depths of soiling and apply stain remover automatically.

A double doored dishwasher, interchangeable units, one cabinet for clean, one for dirty. No moving of dishes out of the clean one except to use and then when soiledd put into dirty. Huge amount of space and labour saved. Would detect when dirty cabinet contents needed washing.

A lightbulb. A lightbulb from a 100 years ago. That lasted forever. Oops, goodbye GE et al.

A more accessible grocery store for the elderly, handicapped or fans of fuss free living. Where you could roll in and scan your grocery list and review and add the specials and it would be trollied to you while you drank a cup of coffee and read the paper.

On line clothing stores where you could plug in your size, review the selections, dress your virtual self, approve and pay and have the items shipped to you immediately. (Hello? Failing Post Office?)

Motion detectors in every room to adjust heating, lights, air conditioning downwards and upwards as people move around.

Thumbprint security for access to homes, computers, etc.

A car you can "halve" depending on number of passengers or cargo.

I could go on.

Any more suggestions?









16 comments:

  1. Some clever ideas there, WWW! As long as the new appliances were not to be made in China by slave labour though.

    My only thought regarding stuff we don't have yet - decent government!
    Could well-programmed robots do a better job I wonder? Programmers from the ordinary ranks of citizens, not from any oligarchy or elite band of wealthy bozos. ;-)

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  2. Automatic window cleaners are about the only thing I can think of at the moment.

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  3. T:

    Newsflash: EVERYTHING is made in China. Or just about. Particularly appliances.

    I've even tried to source local bed linens. Nah.

    No wonder the economy is fubarred.

    XO
    WWW

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  4. Yes, GM, built in squirts and wiper.

    Fantastic.

    XO
    WWW

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  5. Some of your ideas are really good, but I have to tell you that I enjoy doing some of those things because they take up my time and I do them mindfully, so they are not real chores. You probably don't have as much time on your hands as I do and are more rushed. I am very lucky that I live a fairly sedate life and that my struggle is not one for survival but with my own mind. xox

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  6. Irene:

    It is just amazing to me how backward we seem to be. I keep thinking of those predictions back in the day that forecast less labour, more time for reflection, etc. But we regress. Overhead wires for our power really truly annoy me. Aesthetically and for the exposure to elemental breakdowns.
    XO
    WWW

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  7. LG has a smart fridge that turns on the oven checks barcodes and goes on the market sometime this year for only 4000 Canadian loonies.I cant wait till it
    says this fridge has performed an illegal operation and dumps all the food on the kitchen floor turns on the oven on high and burns the joint down!!

    I do have some LED light bulbs that cast a nice light and are guaranteed to last 8 years.

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  8. The more elaborate our machines become the more liable they are to breakdown. My husband used to be able to do all the car repairs, but now cars are so full of electronics that it takes an expert to repair them, and this is an expensive matter.
    I would like to see a line of simple, functional appliances and electronics that don't need elaborate care and are easy to fix. The amount of time that and money that goes into maintaining fancy machines isn't worth it, IMHO.

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  9. Some excellent suggestions. I agree with Grannymar, automatic window cleaners would be handy. Also some device that magically absorbs cooking smells before they permeate the whole house.

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  10. GFB:

    Those LEDS sound great, 8 years!! The original lightbulb would last a lifetime.

    Now we have built in obsolescence, it is a disgrace. NO wonder our planet is in such a mess.

    XO
    WWW

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  11. Hattie:
    Good point, auto shops now diagnose with computers.
    there has to be a better way!!
    XO
    WWW

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  12. Nick:
    I guess I'm one of those that don't mind cooking smells!!
    XO
    WWW

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  13. Just last night I was wondering why someone hasn't invented handles on the sides of bathtubs. When I had my old fashioned deep deep claw footed bathtub I could get out by clutching the rounded edges. With my modern tub I am afraid to have a bath because I am not sure I can get out.
    Those are great ideas Wise!
    take care,
    Betty

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  14. I have a double drawer dishwasher! Fisher & Peycal, its australian I think, although bought in the UK. Two drawers, both small to medium, can be run together or separately.

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  15. Give me an incandescent light bulb any day of the week. A retrograde step for humanity to dispense with them (when unable to replicate in energy-saving form)

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