Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Do we need pointless inventions?

 

It's amazing about all this new and modern technology. Various manufacturers and inventors competing to create a new product that would excite the public and encourage them to buy it. Over the last twenty years or so we have seen the creation of various products which, I would hazard a guess, we never really needed; yet we bought them all the same.

The cell-phone for instance. I'll admit it is a great invention and it has helped many people in difficult situations when they had to phone for help, or to communicate something urgently. But did we really need a cell-phone with a camera? This gave rise to another new trend, or craze. The selfie. The sudden and urgent need to take a photo of oneself. Not just one photo. But millions in every pause, in every background and in every situation you can imagine. And to make matters easier, someone invented a long stick with which you can take a photo of yourself by placing the cell-phone at the end of it. 

Recently, I was the recipient, as a gift, of yet another new invention. It is a Swiss watch. It can keep accurate time to the nth of a millisecond. But, here's the clever bit, every hour, quarter past, half past and quarter to, the watch face opens and a little bird comes out and sings "Cuckoo! Cuckoo!"

At first I wore is as a gimmick, if only to please the person who gifted it to me. You know how it is. Sometimes you have to comply to make others happy. Like the day my wife bought me two ties for my birthday. We were going out to dinner, so to please her, I wore one of the ties. As soon as she saw me she said, "what's wrong with the other one?"

Anyway, I had this Swiss watch on on my way to work on the train. Opposite me sat a young lady. I really do get annoyed when people on trains and buses listen to music on earphones so loud. In order to be considerate, which I usually am, I took off the watch and put it in my trouser pocket. Every fifteen minutes the damn thing went, "Cuckoo! Cuckoo!" 

I noticed the young lady looking at my trousers and say nothing. I wanted to explain. But how do you do that without getting arrested? I got off at the next stop, even though I was miles away from my destination. The watch told me that I was precisely 1 hour and 17.53 minutes late.

Another new invention is a contraption you wear on your wrist and it tells you how much you have walked, in miles and in steps, how many calories you have used, your blood pressure and so on. I wore it for a few days and it told me that I don't move enough. Obvious really. Mine is a desk job. I walk to the station. Sit on the train. Walk to my office and stay there until it is time to go home. The only walking opportunity I have is walking up and down on the same step at home. I do about fifty walking up and down on the same step. Takes me ages to go to the toilet.

You get inventions to encourage you to take exercise and be active, like this wrist thing, treadmills, and other equipments; yet you have inventions which encourage you to do the opposite. Like the TV remote control for instance. It encourages you to remain seated and not move towards the TV to change channels.

By the way, does anyone know why when I point to my wife with the remote control she does not stop talking? 

And why does she need to vacuum clean when sports is on TV?

And why there is dust on the TV screen? I mentioned it the other day and I got the silent treatment. Better than a remote control, I think.

Are there any inventions you think we could do well without?

(NOTE: Humour only. No phones, ties, watches, remote controls, dust or wives have been harmed in the writing of this story. All characters and situations are fictitious and any similarities to persons, situations or inventions are purely coincidental.)

20 comments:

  1. ...much of what is sold these days is pointless!

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  2. So many gadgets out there that we DON'T need, Victor. So, why do we buy them? I must agree, though, that cell phones are so handy and helpful. Yes, they could do without the cameras.
    Blessings!

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    1. There are so many gadgets on a cell-phone these days. You can get Internet, play music, play computer games, find your way around in a map. You need to have a University Degree in technology to manage a cell-phone. Have you tried What3Words?

      https://what3words.com/about

      God bless, Martha.

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  3. You speak the truth, my friend ... but these are such fun! Like my Salad Sling; I'm out back happily slinging my lettuce like a little kid. The only thing is, now the folks I ordered from are sending me daily e-mails -- I had to quit reading, because they 'make' me want to buy.

    PS - Here you go, from The Grommet.com --
    "ingenious & useful products & gifts, made by small businesses & entrepreneurs."

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    1. The salad sling looks interesting and useful. I've checked out The Grommet. I never knew there was such a thing as the Drumstick Grill rack, and the portable motion sensor light. The faucet handle attachment is a good idea. I think I saw similar in the hardware shop. Interesting catalogue.

      I wonder, what could I invent that would catch on as ingenious and useful?

      God bless, Mevely.

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  4. I once saw a plastic bag dryer. At the time plastic bags were being phased out. Eventually the price was reduced from 15 dollars to 2 just to get rid of them and the store where you could find these was an environment friendly store. They were trying to take advantage of the latest and useless items that were out in the market.

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    1. It is amazing what people invent, and what we, the consumers end up buying. Like the spoon rest for instance. Did we really need that invention? What did people do before the spoon rest was invented. Hold the spoon behind their ear like a pencil?

      I think the greatest ever invention is the whoopee cushion. Great fun in church at funerals.

      God bless, Bill.

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  5. So many things we didn't even KNOW we NEEDED. :)
    I do really to like that my cell phone is a camera though because it is the only one I have. My phone gets used mostly as a camera.

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    1. I'll admit to using the camera in the phone often. Useful when you want to record something quickly.

      God bless, Happyone.

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    2. I so agree with the cell phone invention. Who needs a $500 to $1000 phone in their hand all the time? Ridiculous!! I don’t particularly like people knowing where I am all the time either. Yes, it is a poor invention. Thanks for reaffirming my opinion of the cell phone, Victor. Blessings.

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    3. In the UK, young people change their phones about once a year or so. It is a waste of money and resources. They claim they want to save the planet yet don't seem to care about the wastage in manufacturing electronic gadgets. So many inventions and gadgets that we really do not need.

      Thank yo Nells. God bless you.

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  6. You could have at least took a selfie of you and the lady looking at your trousers!!!
    Just sayin'
    Sherry & jack

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    1. What? And get arrested?

      God bless, Jack & Sherry.

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  7. No way do i want a machine tracking my steps and telling me to take more of them. Thanks, i am tired enough at the end of the day without that machine wanting me to move more!

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    1. Exactly my thoughts, Mimi. Sometimes there's no time to take exercise. Especially if one's job entails travelling long distances every day.

      God bless.

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  8. There's probably a zillion things we could do without, but please, let no one try to replace the zipper.

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    1. Replace it with Velcro, or with magnetic strips, or buttons. Now that would be a clever invention.

      God bless, River.

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