In the past few weeks on my travels I have encountered some wonderful gadgets. Mainly these have been in the bathroom, where everything is now done for you. I have seen the wonder of the automatic flush. It's great, once you've finished your business, you stand up and flush. You move slightly to reach for the toilet roll and flush. I think during one sitting, the toilet managed to flush itself 5 or 6 times. Admittedly I was making slightly exaggerated movements just to make it happen, but its surely a chronic waste of water.
Then in Stansted yesterday I had another encounter with the automatic taps. "Place Hands in Bowl and Tap Will Start". So, I place my hands in the bowl. Nothing. I try the next one. Nothing. Not a single one would work. So I started thinking, is this merely a way to save time? Or is it part of some darker plot to piss everyone off when nothing works. I mean turning a tap is hardly an effort, nor is flushing the toilet, but these automated devices are supposed to make it quicker when in reality they just don't work.
Another example is the showers in the Uni sports centre changing room. Admittedly they do work 95% of the time, but you know that when you need it, when you have shampoo running in your eyes and the shower cuts off, you will wave your hand in front of the sensor and NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. The question is since when did it become too much effort to press the button?
If it aint broke, don't fix it.