Problem: We have a throwaway culture
Solution: "James Pierce at Indiana University in Bloomington is designing ways for objects to periodically make their presence felt, forcing us to "reflect" on them more often. He believes that this will increase our sense of attachment to our possessions, helping to end our unsustainable habit of constantly buying new things and dumping the old.
Such attention-seeking objects will "discourage thoughtless consumption of things", Pierce claims. He presented his ideas last week at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Boston."
New Problem: To get these devices, consumers would have to dispose of the devices they already own, which is the problem we're trying to solve. If people have the discipline to only replace devices that are beyond repair, then we don't have a problem.
Secondary Problem: The novelty of attention seeking objects quickly turns to annoyance, causing the consumer to pitch them even sooner out of frustration.
In short, Making the egg shiny doesn't make the chicken smarter.