Products in the works include:
--A hand vacuum that senses dirt conditions where you’re cleaning and blares a prerecorded message such as “Hey! You missed that spiderweb in the corner.”
--A kitchen blender that evaluates ingredients being fed into its container. Its digital readout then displays either a thumbs-up symbol or the message “You shoulda had a V-8.”
--A hamper that detects dirty laundry discarded on the floor within a 10-foot radius. The hamper sends out a vacuum tube, picks up the object (a wet towel, for instance) and whacks the person who dropped it.
--A dishwasher that performs a similar operation with dirty dishes, with an optional “pause” function allowing your dogs to lick them before they’re loaded.