This year my xmas wish list is building upon several big ticket items designed to make life easier around the house.
#1. Roomba Robot Vacuum (see further photo below).
Honestly, for the $300+ for a robot vacuum, that is well worth the convenience of not having to vacuum with an old fashioned vacuum any more. The prices of robot vacuums have dropped a lot recently and they are now very economical.
#2. Countertop Dishwasher - because my kitchen is too small for a conventional dishwasher.
Note - In addition to taking up less space, countertop dishwashers are also more water and energy efficient and also work well in the cottage, RV, etc because they take up less space, and use significantly less power and water. Which means you can easily run one using solar / wind with battery system or diesel generator. And you don't need a plumber to install one. Size wise they are about the size of a microwave.
#3. Robot Dog that Fetches Shoes
Okay technically I made this up, but what the heck. This really should be a product on the market. The dog should come with some sticker tags, you attach the tags to different things you want the dog to fetch - and the dog is programmed via voice command of the owner(s) to fetch various items.
Rover, fetch my shoes.
Rover, fetch my laptop.
Rover, fetch the TV remote control.
I can even see military, police and security applications of such robot dogs. GuardRover, K9-Rover, MarineRover, etc. Hollywood would probably make a movie based off the concept of a robotic dog... Like the old Short Circuit movies, but canine-esque.
#4. Voice Command Remote Control
Honestly, why hasn't this already hit the market?
No more searching for the remote control. You just say commands for what you want the TV or whatever to do.
TV Rewind 30 Seconds
TV Skip Commercials
TV On and TV Off
TV Lock Parental Controls (plus password)
The 3rd option alone would be a big money maker if you had programs recorded and you could auto skip the commercials.
My cellphone has voice command on it. Why not the TV?