We need a gadget to find our gadgets

By Rich Lewis, March 17, 2005

A few weeks ago we were kicking around the question: What are the best gadgets ever invented?

Since then, I’ve realized that a more important question might be: What are the best gadgets that haven’t been invented yet?

Recent events in my household, and a magazine cartoon, leave no doubt that number one on my list would be The Findatron.

You would take this little box, and speaking into its microphone, say something like: “Find my brown shoe.”

You’d hear a little whirring and beeping, and then a pleasant robot-voice would announce: “It’s… under… the… couch.”

Would that be great or what? Sort of like a Magic 8 Ball, but with a bigger vocabulary and with such exquisite capabilities that it would never be forced to say, “Ask again later.”

I know I need one.

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