Technological end of days?
The other day, whilst perusing Amazon ( as I like to do ). I found a section full of new and pre-order gadgets that will and I quote “make like easier”. Firstly is it not about time for a new slogan when describing any gadget or invention? Surely we have milked the “make life easier” angle for all its worth for the last 60 years or so!
Whilst perusing this Aladdin’s cave of goodies, I soon came to the conclusion that inventors the world over have reached their pinnacle of inventions and are now really struggling to find new things to invent. Three of the items I saw (once I had cleared the tears of laughter from my eyes) can only be judged as inventions that go beyond the need of improvements:
- A Wi-Fi enabled vacuum cleaner – Why? oh why? Does anyone need a Wi-Fi enabled hoover? I can see the usefulness of these robotic vacuums that you set to do the house work when you are out of the house, but who sits at work or suddenly freezes in their tracks while out shopping at the thought of ” OH MY GOD I NEVER SET THE VACUUM BEFORE I LEFT”. So why would you need Wi-Fi vacuums? So that you can control it when you are away from home? So that you can show off to your friends down the pub, if you answered yes to that last point then I think its time you either get a life or a new set of friends, a Wi-Fi hoover is not going to impress anyone, not until the day they can invent one that makes a cup of tea or fetches you a cold beer from the fridge at least.
2. A levitating plant pot – Yes that’s right you read that correctly, a plant pot that floats! What a waste of time and money that would be! Not only have you got to have the base plugged in to the mains to create the magnetic field needed to make the pot magically float in the corner of the room, but you then have to water the plant that you place into the pot unless you use an air plant and if so why have a plant at all? You may as well get a plastic apple and put that in a pot. Now I am no scientist, but even I realise that water and electricity are not the perfect match when thinking what to pair up together in a new invention.
3. A Bluetooth suitcase – now this one has some useful features such as a GPS tracker in case your luggage gets lost, but its the Bluetooth and remote locking system that made me cringe! Who packs their suitcase and forgets to lock it? Enough said!
I kid you not these items and a lot more are available for sale on amazon and we are not talking pocket money items here, the plant pot alone would set you back a mere £180 for that money I would want a plant included that sprouts banknotes for flowers! The suitcase is the most expensive of the 3 around £400 for the basic model, what the hell is the deluxe model?? What else could they add to it to make it more attractive? Maybe a pocket to store your Wi-Fi vacuum in because lets face it at nearly £350 who in their right mind would leave that lying around the house whilst on holiday!
Gadgets that really do poke the bear!
Thanks for reading