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Excess features you now couldn't live without
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Not so many people actually park their car in the garage these days though...
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I agree with nearly all the gadgets already mentioned by forumites who also seem to have taken this thread to heart, whether life-changing devices or not. I love everything the iRobot Roombas to the vast range of car accessories that make me feel as though I am at NASA control sometimes , especially when compared to my first car when I was still at school, a Mini 850 with not even a heater.
Whilst blushing, I couldn't agree more with Victor's remark about still getting a kick out of opening the garage doors whilst in my warm car---unless I open the wrong one. The light in the garages also come on at the same time.
My own main contributions to this thread would be, I think, the host of additional security and domestic communications devices that have sprung up over the years. I now talk to and view anyone buzzing the main gates to the driveway to the house. I can talk to someone who is doing so, even while I am not at home----that one seems really futuristic whenever I use it. As for communications, the one where anyone in the house can use speaker and video to communicate with someone in any room in a different part of the house has proved to be a lot more than the toy I had thought of it as-----for lots of reasons I won't bore forumites with here. Before anyone cracks the obvious joke, there is audio in bathrooms but no video link to them
I think my original intent was lost a little... I had meant to identify features that happened to come with what you bought rather than ones you intentionally choose. We've had some great examples, lights inside my dishwasher, countdowns on other dishwashers, a camera in an oven seems a liked feature, one in a fridge is more dividing. Electric heating in car seats, steering wheels and belts all seem popular even when not selected.
I am not sure electric garage doors technically fit in the chain... not sure how many buy doors and unexpectedly find they are electric but can fully appreciate the benefits of opening gates/doors etc from within the car
We once had the antithesis of this thread... electric gates that phoned you if someone keyed your door number. In principle great other than to open the said gates you had to walk out to them and press the button.
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