There's no denying that gadgets and cool new technologies can be a lot of fun sometimes -- especially for folks genetically disposed to that sort of thing. However, all too often it seems like people start developing technology or applications for the sake of the technology -- and not for any real benefit. Here are two separate examples. First is a new restaurant that's a spinoff of the famous "Legal Seafood" chain. It tries to take the same basic model, but adds in your choice of gadgetry to menu, including touchscreens for viewing the menu and ordering, and your very own personal iPod docking station, so you can listen to your music (and let others listen as well, whether they want to or not) while you eat. It sounds like the actual experience doesn't need to involve the technology (though, it may depend on when you go), but it's not clear how much the technology really benefits the experience. Then, we have the internet connected washer and dryer. Of course, we first heard about such things seven years ago and didn't quite understand the point back then either. It could make sense to alert you in dorms or laundromats, where you don't want to leave clothes for too long (or where it's nice to know when a machine opens up). However, for the home user, how much of an advantage is it really for your washing machine to send you an SMS to let you know when it's done? Were we really having that much trouble remembering to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer?
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