UnTreeHugger: An Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser
When looking for signs of the end of the world as we know it, one indicator might be the proliferation of useless devices that consume resources and energy for no apparent purpose. Perhaps the most egregious is this automatic paper towel dispenser: take a marginally useful product like paper towels (what's wrong with reusable towels?) and stick it in a battery powered machine that, when you wave your hand in front, rotates so that you can rip off a paper towel with one hand. The power of technology boggles the mind, as does the 41 second video.
"Towel-Matic™ has a built-in optical scanner that automatically identifies the perforations on the towel and stops right at the perforated line every time making tearing towel sheets easy and mess free. Powered by 4 D size batteries (not included) or optional AC adaptor. Batteries can last up to one year or 200 rolls of standard 80-sheet towels. Designed for table top, wall mount or under cabinet mount. Brackets sold separately."::Towelmatic