New tech: useful innovation or unnecessary gedunkery?

Lynn isn’t down with these new tech connected appliances, but I want the fridge. Problem is that it is an LG and I’ve heard from several folks that LG just doesn’t make quality stuff. But come on! A way to check if I have milk or have the eggs I need for a recipe I want to make while I’m at the grocery store (home of 99% of my impulse buys)? That just rocks! Could I look the night before? Well, sure. But I’m just not that organized any more.

I’m probably not that organized because more and more tech like this keeps coming out and making it where I don’t have to be organized to function. It’s probably not good for my future survival in a post-pockyclyptic world either. But I still want the fridge. And maybe the oven that doubles as a fridge till I tell it to cook what’s inside. Hope the cats don’t figure out how to open the oven door…

No, I don’t need to surf the net from my fridge or my oven. While the net on my bathroom mirror is a very future thing, I totally don’t need to get online in the throne room. Some people already spend way too much time in there as it is…I can see the use for an audio broadcast while in the shower or something. That’s no different than the waterproof radios they already sell so folks can get their morning news and get ready for work at the same time – thereby enabling them to sleep in longer – booyah!

Lots of the stuff is just gadgetry for the sake of “we can do this, look how cool it is!” But things like the fridge/oven is, to me anyway, the next logical step after the stoves that you can program to go on and off at certain times. It can be done with a crockpot, but I don’t always want my roast to be shreddable. I was just thinking that last night, in fact, as I contemplated how long it would take for dinner to be ready this evening if I didn’t put the pork roast in the crockpot in the morning but instead roasted it in the oven starting after I got home.

12 Responses to “New tech: useful innovation or unnecessary gedunkery?”

  1. Veeshir says:

    My problem is that some 15 year old kid is going to turn your fridge off and then call you and ask you if it’s running or turn your oven on to “broil” while you’re at work.

    It’s the way we’re heading, but I don’t have to like it.

    Get off my lawn, in other words.

  2. David says:

    “I’m probably not that organized because more and more tech like this keeps coming out and making it where I don’t have to be organized to function… ”

    I notice this from time to time. Lovely Daughter dropped in for a visit the other day and consulted her iPhone several times when topics arose… because making computations in her head or keeping facts to hand is just so, so 19th Century or something. *heh*

    “While the net on my bathroom mirror is a very future thing, I totally don’t need to get online in the throne room.”

    I used to spend “quality time” on the throne reading–books, magazines, whatever. I still do, but more likely w/my notebook (the display still beats Kindles, iPhads, Nooks, etc., for reading, especially since I prefer reading books, etc., as html files in my browser, which allows MUCH more customization than any of the eReaders I’ve seen). I could go for a tablet that displayed eBooks as nicely as my notebook, especially for throne room “quality time”. ;-)

    I’m a wee tad unsure about whether the technology is mature enough for me to jump onto networked appliances. Some remote control makes some sense, but, like you, the thought of securing my stove, dishwasher, fridge, washe/dryer, etc.–major appliances all–from hackers just doesn’t appeal to me.

    • Nicole says:

      Oh, I’m positive I wouldn’t be one of the early adopters. Let other folks sort out the bugs and figure out how secure it can be made. :)

  3. It is precisely why I don’t care for them. I want to figure out if I do have enough milk for a recipe. It keeps the brain sharp ;)

    • Nicole says:

      But if you are a Bear of Little Brain to begin with and can’t remember to check for ingredients before you leave home… :)

  4. nursemyra says:

    I like the coat rack

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  6. Laura says:

    Where’s the killer robots or flying cars they’ve been promising us?

  7. Lynn says:

    I don’t know about their refrigerators but our TV is an LG and it’s great. Works fine, no problems.