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A product as stupid as bottled water
« on: September 19, 2015, 01:05:43 PM »
Yes, for only $30 you can buy a product that will tell you when you're out of eggs.  And it requires batteries!  Could anyone on the planet actually need this item? 

http://smile.amazon.com/Minder-Wink-App-Enabled-Smart-Model/dp/B00YP591HO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1442689412&sr=8-6&keywords=quirky+egg+minder

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2015, 05:53:29 PM »
Oh seriously. I'd rather just have "Refrigerator Cam" and "Pantry Cam" that I can view at the store and see how low I am on milk.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2015, 06:19:29 PM »
Oh seriously. I'd rather just have "Refrigerator Cam" and "Pantry Cam" that I can view at the store and see how low I am on milk.
But somebody would still have to open the door to turn the light on so you could see the eggs.
You could have a robot arm to open the door - but then the egg minder is probably cheaper

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2015, 06:28:24 PM »
Great! Now I have to find a product that alerts me when the batteries are running low on my egg alerter.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2015, 09:30:39 PM »
MrsPete, do you live in Woodstock, GA?  My favorite features of this are that it "irelessly connects to your mobile device" and you can "heck [the] Egg Minder while at the store."

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2015, 10:59:59 PM »
My favorite features of this are that it "irelessly connects to your mobile device"
You have to admit this is a lot better than the old model, which was full of ire. You start to dread the alert sound from your smartphone in case it's your egg minder calling to curse you out again for running out of eggs...

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2015, 08:42:25 AM »
I just check my food supplies before I go to the store, and buy whatever's running low.  I thought that was the normal procedure.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2015, 09:46:36 AM »
My favorite features of this are that it "irelessly connects to your mobile device"
You have to admit this is a lot better than the old model, which was full of ire. You start to dread the alert sound from your smartphone in case it's your egg minder calling to curse you out again for running out of eggs...
Ah is this why people heck it?  Because I imagine that's what I'd do to a cursing, nagging eggminder..."heck you, eggminder - just heck you to hell!"  And then spitefully refuse to purchase eggs.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2015, 11:43:41 AM »
Oh seriously. I'd rather just have "Refrigerator Cam" and "Pantry Cam" that I can view at the store and see how low I am on milk.

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Is that a real thing?  I just have a pencil and paper, and I use my perfectly good eyes to verify the contents of my food storage. 
But somebody would still have to open the door to turn the light on so you could see the eggs.
You could have a robot arm to open the door - but then the egg minder is probably cheaper
Rather than maintain the batteries, lights, and robot arm, wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy more eggs "just in case"? 

Or skip it ... because until they invent a milk-minder, you're going to have to make the trip back to the store anyway.
MrsPete, do you live in Woodstock, GA?  My favorite features of this are that it "irelessly connects to your mobile device" and you can "heck [the] Egg Minder while at the store."
Nope, I'm Southern but not Georgian.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2015, 11:55:04 AM »
Why don't fridge doors just have windows?

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2015, 01:05:31 PM »
Why don't fridge doors just have windows?


Insulation.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2015, 01:41:23 PM »
Why don't fridge doors just have windows?

They run much better on Linux.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2015, 02:35:27 PM »
Why don't fridge doors just have windows?

Insulation.
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And you wouldn't lose all the cold air when you open the door to check if you have eggs

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2015, 06:11:20 PM »
I just check my food supplies before I go to the store, and buy whatever's running low.  I thought that was the normal procedure.

Normal procedure, sure...but it's not the wave of the future!! ;)

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2015, 06:42:01 PM »
I just check my food supplies before I go to the store, and buy whatever's running low.  I thought that was the normal procedure.

Normal procedure, sure...but it's not the wave of the future!! ;)

The future: just snap a photo of the inside of the fridge with your smartphone before you got to the store.  Ditto with the pantry. No need for those stinkin lists!

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2015, 08:26:45 PM »
If I find I'm getting low on eggs, I go out to the henhouse and check under the nearest chicken's ass. That's a foolproof system: the batteries never run out, and none of the little cluckers has ever been hacked.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2015, 05:20:35 AM »
Why don't fridge doors just have windows?

Some do (glass fronts).  I don't think they are as energy efficient as the "normal" ones.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2015, 08:12:23 AM »
Ahem... no.

I thought I'd never say this in my life, but this product is actually dumber.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2015, 01:50:23 PM »
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In-tray LED lights indicate the oldest egg, while push notifications alert you when you're running

Two birds with one stone! I often forget that I happen to be running. And what's more, I never know which egg is oldest!

Seriously, though, this is stupid on so many levels. First of all, who would spend $30 for the privilege of re-cartoning eggs every time they buy them? Surely that takes more time than just checking the fridge before you go out.

You know something crazy? I know how many eggs I have in the fridge right now. Not that hard to remember when you're the one buying or consuming them on a near-daily basis.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2015, 01:53:17 PM »
Really - I mean who d'fck even thinks of manufactures and markets this crap.
I've had n'eouf  of this crap.
its a poor yolk.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2015, 02:17:13 PM »
Why don't fridge doors just have windows?

Nobody wants to worry about keeping the items in their fridge tidy-looking.

Besides, how do you stick magnets to a glass refrigerator door?

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2015, 02:18:39 PM »
If I find I'm getting low on eggs, I go out to the henhouse and check under the nearest chicken's ass. That's a foolproof system: the batteries never run out, and none of the little cluckers has ever been hacked.

This made me LOL.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2015, 03:02:45 PM »
I'd say dumber! At least bottled water comes in handy when you're in an area with bad-tasting tap water and you don't want to travel with a Brita pitcher.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2015, 03:11:22 PM »
The Amazon reviews for this are the best I've ever seen - better than the Bic for Her pens and Binders of Women products! There are  just enough legitimate buyers that they cluelessly answer the questions, and it's golden.

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Q: $78 to monitor a $2 carton of eggs?

A: It's like buying insurance, a lot can go wrong even if they are eggs!
If it makes you feel any better, you will make your money back after 39 cartons of eggs. Perhaps you can purchase eggs that are more expensive, that way you can get your money's worth a lot sooner.
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A: It's a steal! It pays for itself after you've bought 39 cartons of eggs (assuming a carton contains 14 eggs).
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Ever been out on a brisk walk trying to work out the stress from the day and then suddenly been hit with a wave of anxiety wondering just how many eggs are in the fridge and what condition they might possibly be in? Well, with the egg minder those panic attacks are for ever behind us. This product works anywhere too, so we can check on our eggs from the John, or the back of a police car, or even from in the emergency room, because those warning signs to turn off all cell phones are just stupid.

The Eggminder will set all of our hearts and minds at ease. Our dreams of a more peaceful world are at hand.

Thank you Eggminder. Thank you.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2015, 03:12:08 PM »
If I find I'm getting low on eggs, I go out to the henhouse and check under the nearest chicken's ass. That's a foolproof system: the batteries never run out, and none of the little cluckers has ever been hacked.

You're lucky.  I've had a few cluckers that have been hacked.  To pieces.  Damn racoons...

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2015, 04:28:40 PM »
Why don't fridge doors just have windows?

They run much better on Linux.

THAT goes without saying :D

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2015, 05:07:28 PM »
At least it doesn't pollute the earth for 50,000 years every time you use an egg.  So it's got that going for it.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2015, 05:12:18 PM »
I don't see it as being any sillier than a swiffer.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2015, 09:10:04 PM »
I don't see it as being any sillier than a swiffer.
Disagree.  A Swiffer leaves you with a clean floor, and if you use old fuzzy socks instead of disposable wet wipes, it's a nice product. 

The egg thing serves no purpose at all. 

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #29 on: September 22, 2015, 07:51:05 AM »
Sigh... My brother-in-law bought one of these.

This is embarrassing...

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2015, 07:54:48 AM »
Those egg things are for someone looking for something to buy when they've already bought all the things they want, yet still want to buy something just to get that shopping high. And some people buy it because they think it'll be funny. So they're just buying it so someone else will see it in their house and make a comment about it. I have a feeling most of them are being bought as a gift for some one else.

Merry Christmas! Here's some junk you don't want! <3

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #31 on: September 22, 2015, 08:03:40 AM »
I'm trying really, really hard to come up with a situation where this might not be a dumb purchase.

The only one I can come up with is if you shop for a friend with dementia. But then they'd forget they had eggs and never eat them anyways.

Maybe its transferable tech? Can you use it as a pill minder? 14 slots is two weeks. Hide the pills inside of eggs?

AHA! I got it - Kinder eggs. You can put the kids' Easter candy in it and find out if they are eating it after school when they are supposed to be having nutritious snacks.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #32 on: September 22, 2015, 08:09:09 AM »
If in doubt, I buy the eggs. If it turns out I didn't need them...well I guess we're having quiche for dinner this week.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #33 on: September 22, 2015, 08:18:02 AM »
Reminds of this article I read earlier today.
http://www.eater.com/2015/9/15/9326775/the-kitchen-of-the-future-has-failed-us

Basically many of the futurist kitchen inventions are useless and end up causing people more work. I want kitchen stuff that is self cleaning, not useless items that could connect to a smart phone (I don't own one). This wouldn't cut down on any work. I can check the my supplies faster than I can monitor gadgets attached to all of them!

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #34 on: September 22, 2015, 03:04:44 PM »
Those egg things are for someone looking for something to buy when they've already bought all the things they want, yet still want to buy something just to get that shopping high.
I believe that.
Basically many of the futurist kitchen inventions are useless and end up causing people more work. I want kitchen stuff that is self cleaning, not useless items that could connect to a smart phone (I don't own one). This wouldn't cut down on any work. I can check the my supplies faster than I can monitor gadgets attached to all of them!
I agree with that too. 

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #35 on: September 22, 2015, 03:47:46 PM »
Basically many of the futurist kitchen inventions are useless and end up causing people more work.

Except for the magic cupboard where you put in dirty dishes and they come out clean - and we still argue about who didn't empty it.

Or the magic box that makes clothes clean while we sleep, or the magic box that keeps milk fresh for a week.



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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #36 on: September 22, 2015, 05:04:28 PM »
Basically many of the futurist kitchen inventions are useless and end up causing people more work.

Except for the magic cupboard where you put in dirty dishes and they come out clean - and we still argue about who didn't empty it.

Or the magic box that makes clothes clean while we sleep, or the magic box that keeps milk fresh for a week.




The fridge was invented in 1834, the dishwasher in 1886, the washing machine in 1851.  It's telling that you couldn't name something from even the last century.

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« Reply #37 on: September 22, 2015, 05:53:53 PM »
The fridge was invented in 1834, the dishwasher in 1886, the washing machine in 1851.  It's telling that you couldn't name something from even the last century.
But were practical in the home from the 50s/60s

You wouldn't count Babbage's Analytical engine as the first "home computer"

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #38 on: September 22, 2015, 06:46:26 PM »
After reading the reviews, apparently it doesn't work that well and runs down batteries rather quickly. So your expensive egg reports will be inaccurate and you now need to remember to buy batteries more often as well.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #39 on: September 22, 2015, 09:48:41 PM »
After reading the reviews, apparently it doesn't work that well and runs down batteries rather quickly. So your expensive egg reports will be inaccurate and you now need to remember to buy batteries more often as well.
Not a problem with the new smartphone linked, internet enabled, wirelessly bluetoothed -  batteryminder

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #40 on: September 22, 2015, 10:30:46 PM »
Not a problem with the new smartphone linked, internet enabled, wirelessly bluetoothed -  batteryminder
I hope it's at least solar powered, so you don't end up in an infinite loop of battery monitors.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #41 on: September 23, 2015, 07:02:44 AM »
The fridge was invented in 1834, the dishwasher in 1886, the washing machine in 1851.  It's telling that you couldn't name something from even the last century.
But were practical in the home from the 50s/60s

You wouldn't count Babbage's Analytical engine as the first "home computer"

I wouldn't.  But I wouldn't call something mass produced and common in homes for 60 odd years 'futurist' either.  The biggest recent push (say the last 20 years) in kitchen appliances does seem to be largely useless stuff.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #42 on: September 23, 2015, 07:41:32 AM »
Basically many of the futurist kitchen inventions are useless and end up causing people more work.

Except for the magic cupboard where you put in dirty dishes and they come out clean - and we still argue about who didn't empty it.

Or the magic box that makes clothes clean while we sleep, or the magic box that keeps milk fresh for a week.




The fridge was invented in 1834, the dishwasher in 1886, the washing machine in 1851.  It's telling that you couldn't name something from even the last century.

I'm a big fan of my microwave.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #43 on: September 23, 2015, 08:19:29 AM »
Basically many of the futurist kitchen inventions are useless and end up causing people more work.

Except for the magic cupboard where you put in dirty dishes and they come out clean - and we still argue about who didn't empty it.

Or the magic box that makes clothes clean while we sleep, or the magic box that keeps milk fresh for a week.




The fridge was invented in 1834, the dishwasher in 1886, the washing machine in 1851.  It's telling that you couldn't name something from even the last century.

I'm a big fan of my microwave.

Me too!


. . . but again, sold in the 40's and pretty common in the late 60s.  These are ancient devices, not modern ones.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #44 on: September 23, 2015, 10:17:54 AM »
Not a problem with the new smartphone linked, internet enabled, wirelessly bluetoothed -  batteryminder
I hope it's at least solar powered, so you don't end up in an infinite loop of battery monitors.

It runs on eggs.

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #45 on: September 23, 2015, 10:28:52 AM »
True Mustachians know eggs need not be kept in the fridge. Tsk tsk.

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« Reply #46 on: September 23, 2015, 10:32:28 AM »
True Mustachians know eggs need not be kept in the fridge. Tsk tsk.
Ideally they are kept in the chicken

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #47 on: September 23, 2015, 10:46:11 AM »
The fridge was invented in 1834, the dishwasher in 1886, the washing machine in 1851.  It's telling that you couldn't name something from even the last century.
But were practical in the home from the 50s/60s

You wouldn't count Babbage's Analytical engine as the first "home computer"

I wouldn't.  But I wouldn't call something mass produced and common in homes for 60 odd years 'futurist' either.  The biggest recent push (say the last 20 years) in kitchen appliances does seem to be largely useless stuff.

I like this challenge. Struggling to come up with anything useful, new on the appliance front though. Anyone?

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #48 on: September 23, 2015, 11:40:48 AM »
True Mustachians know eggs need not be kept in the fridge. Tsk tsk.
Ideally they are kept in the chicken

How do you get the chicken to stop squirming while uncartoning and, subsequentially "repacking" your fresh bought eggs?

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Re: A product as stupid as bottled water
« Reply #49 on: September 23, 2015, 11:58:09 AM »
The fridge was invented in 1834, the dishwasher in 1886, the washing machine in 1851.  It's telling that you couldn't name something from even the last century.
But were practical in the home from the 50s/60s

You wouldn't count Babbage's Analytical engine as the first "home computer"

I wouldn't.  But I wouldn't call something mass produced and common in homes for 60 odd years 'futurist' either.  The biggest recent push (say the last 20 years) in kitchen appliances does seem to be largely useless stuff.

I like this challenge. Struggling to come up with anything useful, new on the appliance front though. Anyone?

For our kitchen anyways, its the tablet/cell phone and stand. Replaced a whole rack of books and frees up counter space.