You've heard of hybrid cars, but hybrid appliances? Instead of running on two different sources of power, hybrid appliances perform two or more functions at the same time. To see how this intriguing concept can work for you, take this quiz.
What is a hybrid appliance?
appliance utilizing two power sources
Could you toast your bagel and listen to the traffic reports using the same appliance?
Sounds like a crazy idea.
No, the heat from the toaster would melt the radio's circuits.
Yes, if you had a radio toaster from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Why Is it necessary to have so much time and effort devoted to new inventions?
to provide answers to basic needs like food, space and time
to encourage creativity
to enable people to make a buck or two
The concept of a washing machine/toilet has been developed in Turkey. Just how could such a device affect our environmental awareness?
You can perform two functions at the same time.
Wash water is used to flush the toilet.
The idea is totally absurd and will not be accepted in this country.
If we move beyond the weirdness of the idea, what other benefit could such a combination provide?
Actually there is no other benefit.
The smell of the laundry softener would neutralize unpleasant toilet odors.
You would save space.
When can you expect to see this appliance in your local store?
It's only a concept.
It will be available in Europe within two years.
It did not meet minimum Department of Energy requirements.
Would you like to save water by installing a sink that runs water after washing into the toilet bowl?
This is just too much.
As long as you are careful to bend over correctly to avoid back trouble.
If you really want to save water at all costs.
Can you think of why anyone would want to combine a refrigerator and a keg?
Saves space by combining two essential items.
Removes the stigma of a keg party by hiding the evidence.
Keg is always accessible and ready for use
What happens when you're not having a keg event?
No such thing - this device is intended only for serious party people.
You can store cold water in the keg.
Remove the keg to store food.
What would be the more appropriate name for this combination for a serious keg partier?
liquid refreshment device
Are getting cleaned and tanned simultaneously two totally unconnected activities?
The SunShower lets you do both at the same time.
Yes, when you shower outdoors the water will filter the sunlight.
Why would anyone want to ruin the pleasure of tanning by showering?
What about the aging effects of tanning?
That is the price you have to pay for being tanned.
If you look a little older, at least be tanned.
Use of LEDS in this combination is an anti-aging option.
What about a hamper that senses when it's full enough, washes and dries, then e-mails you that the laundry is ready?
Too much trouble and space needed for separate hampers.
Great potential for a labor-saving device.
This is just too weird to ever be accepted.
Getting back to the beverage center, how do you enjoy the contents of the keg?
a spigot on the keg
a spigot inside the door
a spigot on the front door
What could be a problem with a washer mounted over the toilet?
If the washer were working it might disturb your toilet experience.
You could drop items into the toilet.
A big thing like that might cause someone sitting below to feel discomfort.