First there was The Clapper. Then came Velcro shoe fasteners. The latest insult is seeing-eye toilets.
Effort-saving technologies are marketed as a way to make our lives easier, but mostly the devices make them more complicated. Ask anyone dancing around a bathroom stall trying to activate the flushing sensor.
Now the trend of exertion-saving devices has invaded our cars. And I'm wondering whether there's something a little dumb about the SmartKey.
With the evolution of technology, SmartKeys are the logical extension of keyless door locks.
With SmartKeys, you no longer need to reach into your pocket or purse for the black plastic key fob to trigger the car's locks. You know: chirp-chirp.
As long as the SmartKey is on your person, the key fob's computer chip senses your proximity to your car. It locks and unlocks the doors for you. It's a great idea if your arms are full of groceries.
Once in the car, you can keep your SmartKey in your pocket. Push a button on the dashboard and the engine fires up. As an added security measure, the key's infrared signal and lack of an ignition cylinder make the car virtually impossible to hot-wire.
Best of all, it spares you the exhausting chore of reaching 18 inches to insert a key into the ignition. Neat!