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Health and social consequences in the quest for comfort, convenience and pleasure
  1. B C K Choi
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr B C K Choi
 Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, 432 Pleasant Park Read, Ottawa K1H 5N1, Ontario, Canada; Bernard.Choi{at}

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As the holiday season approaches, we are bombarded with gift ideas in catalogues and advertisements. This year, as always, there are new models of home theatres and entertainment systems, computers, electronic games, power tools, toys and gadgets. Science and technology is helping us move towards ultimate comfort, convenience and pleasure. There are several new products that are quite thought provoking.

Imagine the convenience of turning on lamps and small appliances from up to 20 m away, even through walls, floors and doors. By using a remote control switch, you don’t have to get up from your chair or go downstairs. A robotic floor vacuum unit with remote control cleans and sweeps automatically, even when you’re asleep or out of the house! All …

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