Survey finds 'self-cleaning house' is Ireland's most wanted invention
Closing date for Easy to Use Awards extended to 31st January
Nobody likes cleaning the house but a new survey finds that Irish people may be a particularly lazy nation when it comes to household chores. Of all the wacky, innovative and problem solving inventions that could be created, over 50% of us voted for a 'self-cleaning house' as the product we would most like to see created. The survey, carried out by Arthritis Ireland and Pfizer Healthcare Ireland was carried out to encourage entrepreneurs, start up companies and indeed anyone with a good idea for an easy to use product to enter this year's Arthritis Ireland Easy to Use Awards. The closing date for the Awards has been extended to the 31st January. Full details are available on www.easytouse.ie.
Other most wanted items included a see through toaster, allowing users to view the bread as it toasts; an electronic bottle opener and a robotic vacuum cleaner.
Flat-pack furniture and electrical equipment were voted the most difficult products to assemble by respondents. Almost three quarters of those questioned admitted that they found so-called 'easy to assemble' items for the home along with products such as computers, DVD players and televisions, more than a challenge to tackle. Almost one fifth (18%) said that children's buggies and prams are the items that leave them most flummoxed!
The survey also found that the automatic tea maker was voted the most useless invention, by almost 30% of respondents, with fondue sets and egg slicers coming a close second and third.
Unsurprisingly, the slot for dream product was a self cleaning house, voted for by over half of all respondents.
Established last year, the Awards, which are supported by Pfizer Healthcare Ireland, encourage innovation in design to make everyday products more attractive and usable for everyone, including people living with disabilities.
The judging panel for the Easy to Use Awards includes Dragons' Den star Sean Gallagher as well as Declan Lyons, of Enterprise Ireland and Damini Kumar, Director of Design & Creativity (NUI Maynooth).
Further information on the Easy to Use Awards and entry details can be found on www.easytouse.ie.
Published: 6th January 2011.