Since our arrival in Korea, we have been very impressed with the use of technology by all generations of people. From the elderly women in the elevator using smartphones with bigger screens than mine to the everyday driver following a green indicator light in a parking garage to an empty spot, Koreans utilize technology to make almost every aspect of life more efficient. Though I’ve struggled with some forms of technology, I figured I’d share some of my favorites from around the apartment, in order of value.
5. Refrigerator trap door: We all know its a burden to heave open the refrigerator door every time you just want a little milk or OJ. Plus, it lets out all the cold air and whatever leftover-combination stench clouds the inside. Perfect solution: a small compartment in the front with a flap door for quick access to your cold essentials. White wine, anyone?
Our refrigerator is a celebration of all things Asian spring: pink cherry blossoms!
4. In-floor heating: I’ll forgive the dog hair for wanting to stick to the warm floorboards; I wouldn’t want to get up either. I’m reminded of that Febreze commercial where they’re playing charades and they guess “beached whale” as the guy lies on the floor. In all seriousness, with circulation like mine, my cold little piggies can use all the help they can get.
Who needs slippers when the floor is warm?
3. Motion sensor lights: You ever have one of those nights when you drank a little too much wine – er, I mean water – before you went to bed? Well squint no more, good friends, the motion sensor in the bathroom turns on an extremely dim light so you can square it away without being blinded, once by the overhead light and another once you see your half-dead face in the bathroom mirror at 3 AM.
Motion sensor lights make finding my glasses in the morning a little less harsh.
2. Video doorbell: Stranger danger no more! Prepare your mace long before you turn the doorknob as you get a good shot of any potential intruder’s face on this nifty invention. Or if you’re not worried about violent crime, you could always use it to analyze your visitor’s fashion choices or just check out who is at the door before deciding to “be home” or not.
It’s like ‘Smart House’. Did you ever see that movie?
1.Toilet seat warmer: Ok, let’s not go full on bidet here, but not shocking your soft cheeks with the harsh cold of a thousand winters is a nice feeling. Our toilet has many buttons, including one for cleaning one’s “lady parts”, but the automatic, no-button-required seat warmer makes this porcelain throne a lot more throne-y and a lot less outhouse-y.
I don’t think I can bring myself to use all these buttons, but the heated seat will do!
Which one would you use the most?