You might be thinking, can’t you just turn your phone off, or put it on silent? Well that might mean missing out on the really important stuff, like an exciting conversation with a new love interest, or on a notification regarding your approaching takeaway order… Who would want to block that out?
So tell the annoying, nagging notifications from work and your health apps to STFU and let all the exciting conversations flow through!
Would you use a device that kept your electronics quiet?
What’s got your attention? Could intervention in the form of a specialized product be a realistic solution to people’s inability to give others their undivided attention?
Then again, there is some comfort in knowing that you can whip out the ol’ phone when your date turns out to be a bit of a fun sponge.
It’s all about fast fashion right now. Clothes are produced on a massive scale so that we can update our wardrobes with a tap of the plastic and without a second thought.
But what if the era of fast fashion ended?
With no market for mass produced textiles people might have to turn to more traditional, low-tech methods to make their clothes. They might even start to get creative, experimenting with found fibres like hair or pet fur to make their own textiles.
This slower approach to fashion might even be more more friendly to the environment. Some people are already experimenting with spinning and knitting with pet fur.
The idea of clothes made out of scavenged fur and hair might sound a bit gross, but on the other hand, we would know exactly where our clothes came from.
And whose to say that these fibres need to come from animals. Maybe we’ll take inspiration from the lotus silk weavers of Inle Lake, Myanmar, experimenting with the natural features of different plants, growing them in local gardens to make beautiful textiles.
If fast fashion died, what would you be wearing?
As technology improves old appliances and early robots inevitably become obsolete. Gadgets and electronics tend to pile up, filling counters, cupboards and even entire rooms. It’s fair to say that all this electronic clutter can be a bit of a problem…
You thought that the automatic pancake flipper was the perfect purchase. A timeless device that you would keep forever… then once it started throwing your delicious pancakes at the wall it lost it’s prime position next to the stove.
Then there was the 3D food printer. The quick printed steaks and pork belly bakes seemed great for a while, but the texture was never quite right. So that was another appliance quickly relegated to the far corner of the kitchen.
The robotic vacuum cleaner that you bought to save time on chores languishes in the corner, piled away next to the automatic cat feeder that you still haven’t bothered to get rid of after your sweet little Flufferbutt passed away.
All these stupid gadgets are cluttering up your life! You kick that wretched Folloflix robot out of the way. It was meant to predict what you wanted to watch and follow you around the house providing customized entertainment, but now it just traipses up and down the hallway playing all 21 seasons of The Real Trophy Husbands of Cooma on an infinite loop.
Do you throw them all away? Or do you throw them in a closet and shut the door until the day that you might ‘need’ one of them again?
Do we need to think more carefully about what we buy and use? Or do designers and manufacturers need to hold off on the making and re-think the usefulness of the products that they put out to the world? Or maybe it’s a bit of both…
Imagine if everyone’s bathroom was a gadget free zone… Would it end up as the smallest, dingiest room in the house?
Or the most luxurious and relaxing space you could possibly imagine?
If none of your electronics worked in the bathroom you might need to look elsewhere for some entertainment and perhaps your toilet would become your library.
Do you think you’d end up spending all your spare time avoiding the bathroom so you can use all your gadgets, or would you start embracing this Internet free zone and pursue other interests in the comfort of your palatial bathroom?
Maybe you’d start having bathroom parties with your friends, spending time with them without the distraction of phones and computers.
Or perhaps you’d use your bathroom to truly relax, hidden away from frenetic pace of digital life.
What would you do? Install a massive bathroom and spend all your time there, or just get the basics and avoid it at all costs?