My husband complained that the milk had gone bad. Which brought to mind those stories, of the near future, of our smart refridgerators telling us (or simply ordering for us) when items went bad, or were low, like the milk. Rather than the fridge talking to me, I had a few other ideas on how I wanted to see “smart technology” used.
1) razors: I want my husband’s razor to remind him that his beard is scratchy when he kisses his wife and that it is time for a shave. Bonus points for factoring in the fact that beards grow faster in the summer, and hence he needs to shave more often in summer than in winter.
2) dishwashers: I really (really) want a dishwasher that will text or email (depending on the kid) the current child assigned to unload it when it has completed its cycle and the dishes are clean, dry and not too hot to unload (a frequent complaint by my dish crew). The kids switch jobs on a set schedule, one uses email, the other texts, so I want the dishwasher to keep up with that schedule. This gets me out of having to be the nag to have to constantly remind them to do this daily job. Moms hate to be the bad guy, even if the kids think that we secretly like that role.
3) dryers: my house is constructed in such a way that I don’t often hear the dryer tell me my load of clothes is done. It is not a big deal if they sit there and wait, but it would be great to get a text from my dryer that I could then forward to a kid to ask for help. Especially as I am frequently asked to wash special, favorite clothes. I can then forward the text to that particular kid to say “hey your tots fav jeans are done” so they can grumble that I should not even attempt their lingo.
4) oil: those pesky oil changes that you never remember? I want smart technology to remind me to get the oil changed, but factor both the mileage and the time and the type of oil used. So when you take a long road trip in the car, but you’ve used synthetic oil, I used to be at a loss as to factoring the next oil change.
5) but back to the fridge. There are some things in there that I could use help with. The things we take for granted will be there, but forget do expire, like mustard or ketchup or boysenberry jam. So if those get close to expiring, I would want to know to be replacing them so our summer hot dogs or morning toast would always be covered.