We bought a new kettle - stainless steel with quiet boil - great but when it has boiled it has a little bell that goes off - not too bad in the scheme of things, but can't really work out why.
We also bought a new stainless steel toaster - now it has a countdown display, just in case you want to stand there an watch, but then when the toast is ready is sounds like a reversing truck ... beep, beep, beep.
Then we have a Blue Ray DVD on which the display says Welcome and See You.
My car says Zoom Zoom and Good Bye on its display.
The TV makes a musical note when you turn it on.
My computer does the Mac boing when I turn it on.
Bells, Whistles and What Nots are taking over my life. I am not complaining as the appliances themselves are great and make my life easier and of course I love my car. Have you noticed this newish trend?