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I could use a programmable microwave like this one.

MQ: Do you think this guy will be New Zealand's next billionaire?
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by:Daydreams
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So clever. This is the kind of person that builds the world for the future, especially because he seems to have fun doing these projects.
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Yeah, cool, but does it have automatic cat/baby detection?
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by:Horn E. Towed
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"Open the door and stir"

Just what I need: an appliance that gives me instructions.
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by:jerryb30
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I don't think the crust will be, well crusty, if you use a microwave.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Okay we now have a smart MW. Will it interface with my car so I can use voice activation to get some popcorn made (with just the right amount of butter) while driving down the down the freeway?

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>>  Yeah, cool, but does it have automatic cat/baby detection?

Yeah, I like the cats medium-well done and the babies medium.  Get those right and he could have a winner.
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@Dd
"This is the kind of person that builds the world for the future"

That was my first thought, but I began to think of all the techno gadgets that are being produced simply because it is now possible to have touch-screens on household appliances, vehicle gizmos, and things that can be controlled by mobile phone.

A dashboard-mounted mobile phone that receives text messages and narrates them to you at the press of a button (or touch of a screen) seems like a great invention that is bound to reduce accidents caused by people using their mobiles while driving, but the majority of vehicular accidents involving the use of mobiles are caused by people responding to messages or sending new ones.  To my knowledge these latest car gadgets are not able to transcribe voice to text, and until then my feeling is that it is nothing more than a proof of concept that increases the cost of cars and could even be more distracting than talking to someone on a hands-free set.

I have nothing against proofs of concept, and I admire technically adept people who are able to turn standard appliances into fancy devices for their own use, but do we really need commercially produced WiFi-enabled fridge-freezers with touch screens?  I can see that one or two of the features may be handy, but when people cannot live without Twitter communications on their appliance screens, or feel the need to be notified by an alarm to their mobile phones when the laundry cycle has finished, it is simply promoting laziness and pushing people further into the abyss of being totally reliant on their phones and screens.  WiFi can be hacked into, and such devices as door locks that can be locked or unlocked using a mobile don't as yet (to my knowledge) have high enough encryption levels to flout technically advanced burglars.

Let's see how they moan when a virus in their home network thaws out hundreds of bucks worth of meat while they are sleeping, allows their washer-dryer to run continuously on dryer mode and set the house on fire while they are at work, they accidentally switch the oven off with their mobile and the roast ends up only half cooked, or they return home to discover that their house has been burgled after the fancy locks all unlocked themselves.

What next?  I like the sound of an oven that takes video snapshots of the chicken as it slowly gets browner, and uploads them to Facebook so you can sit in the livingroom and watch its progress on your fancy TV instead of just getting off your arse and taking 15 steps to go and physically look.

I do not want to see the day when I can no longer buy appliances with manual controls, and I grudge the fact that the majority of new digital cameras now come with an increased price tag because they have added instant social networking sharing.
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I essentially agree ^

Add to that the "smart" electronics [TV's etc.] that log your viewing/purchasing/daily routine patterns for the manufacturer to download for their nefarious purposes [ LG TV's are a current example]
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by:Dufo G. Belski
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To answer the original question, Nope.  Nice going, but not a billion dollars'-worth nice.
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by:Daydreams
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I want to be able to say to a box, "do my laundry", and have it all be cleaned and folded. I have other things to do. It won't make me lazy. I appreciate being in touch with the process, but sometimes I want just to have it done.
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> Yeah, I like the cats medium-well done and the babies medium.
> Get those right and he could have a winner.

I was thinking more along the lines of a turducken.  ;-)
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> I do not want to see the day when I can no longer buy appliances with manual controls

Me neither.  I'm planning to replace my car this year and I'm worried that I'll have to buy a lesser model than I'd like to drive, just to avoid irksome and trouble-prone controls.  Feature creep is bad enough in software, but you can usually just ignore features you don't need.  In hardware, however, it can be seriously counterproductive.  Manufacturers need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.
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by:knightEknight
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Sends out a Tweet when the timer is up.  Now there's a useful feature.  #DebbieDowner
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LOL
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I couldn't deal with a car that thinks it's smarter than I am.
I might develop an insecurity complex.
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by:bsod
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Hell, my shoelaces are smarter than me.  You get used to it...
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Well... they do say you can get used to anything...      : D
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by:speed_54
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Hell we Kiwi's are masters of creating award winning concepts with the smallest of resources.
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by:bsod
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speed speaks the truth - I bought my self-tying shoelaces from a textile robotics startup based out of a garage in Christchurch.
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The whole invasion of devices is driven by morons who want to have the toys.  the middle class has become mass of 9-year-olds in a toy store without supervision;  and the rich elites are laughing all the way to the bank as they encourage more spending with credit cards that suck the essence out of the idiots who think they are cool and prosperous because they have a high limit credit card and a GPS that gives them directions (not always the correct ones) while they drive while watching porn on their Google glasses.  

There is no logic that will convince a 9-year old that they don't need the latest toy they just saw on TV; and as long as the morons are the majority of the middle class the elites will be able to continue controlling them with toys and the illusion that they are doing well because they can get the latest toys.
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Now I have to go program my new robot to pick up the poop when it walks the dog.

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by:Dufo G. Belski
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Why not avoid the whole "poop" thing and get a robot dog?
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LOL!
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>>> Why not avoid the whole "poop" thing and get a robot dog?

Sometimes the poop thing is useful when a neighbor needs to get a message in the middle of their lawn, or someone needs their leg pissed on.

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by:knightEknight
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Don't need a dog for that.  Just sayin'.
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Thanks. I needed a good laugh.    : D
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I don't have a cell phone.  My van does not have electronic locks.  The only reason I use a computer to listen to music is because there is only crap on the radio.  

Although I would like to have auto-focus high power lasers on the corners of my castle.  To keep the lawn free of invasive pests.  Like salesmen and Jehovah's Witnesses... and pretty much anyone who I didn't give the secret code.  I like secret codes.  Because they can be changed at any time.  Like when they get out of their carcar.
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by:Delphineous Silverwing
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Just imagine ... you are in the family room watching your favorite movie on your large screen TV, surround sound cranked up and at a critical moment of the show a paper clip appears on the screen, pauses the movie and says "I noticed you are watching a movie, would you like the microwave to pop some popcorn?"
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by:Horn E. Towed
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:-)
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by:Philip Pinnell
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So you need a microwave that once your dinner is cooked, it take a photo of it and posts it to Facebook
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Yes, with current trends the way they are it will take a "selfie" and post it.  That will include the partially-heated tomato-dyed horsemeat bolognese that it has just rotated in alternating directions in its plastic dish for 6 minutes, plus the spattered fragments of it all over the inside of the microwave because you didn't puncture the top film as many times as you should have.  It will include the GPS co-ordinates of the microwave's location and will add a random superficial and vacuous facebook type comment as it posts, so that your 7,000 "friends" believe it to have been manually and thoughtfully posted.
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Wow. Can't wait.
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>..tomato-dyed horsemeat bolognese..

There are so many prepared products for the microwave that have horrible ingredients; chemical names a mile long, and yet there's a picture of some familiar food on the box.

I've tried to tell some people that they think  they're eating the picture, but really they're eating a list of industrial chemicals that are designed to do nothing more than "look" like food with a shelf life of forever. Fake food is a pet peeve of mine.
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> Fake food is a pet peeve of mine.

Pet food is a fake peeve of mine.
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by:Daydreams
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Fake mines are a food peeve of pets.
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Food peeves are a fake mine of pets.
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Pet peeves are a food mine of fakes.
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by:Delphineous Silverwing
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Fake peeves pet mine.
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I mine fake pets, Peeves
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( "Anagrams for: I mine fake pets, Peeves

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oh, this is a good one!)

A fee peeves pink mites
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by:dhsindy
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I cannot believe I am still alive after some of the things I have eaten.
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by:Daydreams
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Wow thank you dhsindy for the accept and mucho poinkos!
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Good thing they don't have to tell you what is in "natural" food.
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