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Unplugged: The Power of a Washing Machine

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What would be the fate of tens of thousands of women, if their washing machines were left unplugged? Or what if the washing machine hadn’t been invented?

Having power doesn’t make us powerful. And it seems, if we’re talking about electricity, using it may in fact, lead to us being powerless or nearly so.

Welcome to the digital world, where recharging cellphones and smart devices is as common as opening up a window to let fresh air in. No one looks sideways. In fact, it’s so common and relatable, that our apathy when someone mentions a dead cell battery is genuine.

From mega-watts to the kilo-watts. From our smart-cities to smart-homes. From our smart-devices to our cellphones. We are all bound to electricity. Our factories and businesses are increasing usage, from the “internet of things” to artificial intelligence (AI) to Clouds and virtual servers, all of these use and require, power. And we need more.

And that’s the other side, the flip side, where one is forced to think about life without power. We’d have to rethink our priorities, from lighting to cooling to where we lived. What need would the upper floors of a skyscraper have, if you had to always climb it’s stairs? And what about our washing machines?

Now that would tell quite a compelling story. The gift of time, both given and taken away. Women would return to the status of a laundress, those 19th century women who spent a day washing laundry, their own or someone else’s. Paid or unpaid, the work would be structured around childcare, because it took so long to complete.

Last month I had a little sampler, when my top load washing machine broke in mid-cycle. By mid, I mean once the washing machine filled with water, it broke. Getting the sopping wet sheets and clothes out of the machine was one part of the equation. It became an equation as I realized just how much of a task I had in front of me, when the bucket didn’t work. I transferred the load to a kid’s wagon, and made multiple trips to the upstairs bathroom. Once there, I sat on the edge of the tub wringing water out for what seemed to be days! My fingernails softened and broke, my hands ached and I lost my mind!

Which brings me back to our problem, that is we have power, but we’re not powerful. And it seems we’re getting weaker.

Technology has spoiled us with gadgets and machines that have improved our lives, but they’ve also lulled us into a false sense of security. With a soft hum of joules per second, the amperage of electricity has carried our load for us, but that’s not always going to be an option to keep our gadgets running and our smart devices powered up.

We’re going to have to look at new ways of doing the old things and let’s be clear, unplugging my washing machine is not an option.

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Graphene, A New Technology For Women

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We women have an astounding amount of buying power.  Market estimates vary, but reports indicate that women spend between $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually.  Trillion.

So, tell me why is all the really cool technology geared towards men?  Is it some James Bond Double O-Seven fetish? 

I’m only noticing now, because this week I started to plan our family’s summer vacation and while it’ll be based on affordability, fun and location; we’ll also need accessibility. 

I don’t mean free Wi-Fi in the hotel room internet accessibility.  I don’t mean poolside free Wi-Fi because we’re not going to be tethered to either.   We’re hoping to go down the unbeaten trails, but we’re not interested in accruing roaming charges. 

We want to take selfies next to the waterfalls and upload them to our friends back home.  We want to be able to check and respond to emails, and update Facebook.  And yes, I want to Tweet about any inconveniences that we encounter during our idyllic getaway.

So, we need gadgetry, like men’s Wi-Fi cufflinks, but not cufflinks because we’re not going to a wedding or a formal dance.

I’ve done some research and there’s a new product called Graphene that Scientists discovered back in 2004.   Made of pure carbon, Graphene efficiently conducts heat and electricity; it’s lightweight and remarkably strong.  Scientists believe it will replace silicon. Companies like Apple are interested in it, so am I.  It’s flexible and has a great deal of potential and I’m thinking it can also be used for Wi-Fi underwire. 

I hope that some tech firm will think of women.  That they’ll think outside the box.  Think of something new.  Enough of the “same old same old”, those blue jeans, mascara and stockings.  Oh My!

Frightening, because there’s so much more to women.  But the most obvious would be our fetish for shoes.  A huge market right there; hi-heels, low-heels and sandals too; I could think of a few improvements to them.

Maybe made with a collapsible heel for more efficient dancing.  Heels that transform into flats, now there’s a novel idea.  And Graphene being both flexible and light-weight would be perfect.  Of course the shoe has to be fashionable.  So, partner it with a reputable clothing designer, construct it with Wi-Fi, (cleverly concealed in the heel) and Kapow!  Portable, interchangeable and to optimize them, make them in a variety of colors!

Now that’s new technology for women.  Rethink the thought and make it happen; life re-imagined.

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