E-Mail Alerts

In 2011, why can't my washer and dryer e-mail me when they're finished?  It would take about $5 in parts and a month or so of some programmer's time to get it right; but it would save me from having to go down two flights of stairs after I'm already tucked into bed, only to find out the cycle still has about 7 more minutes to go.

I still don't see how a web-enabled fridge has any value at all, but an e-mailing washer/dryer combo seems like a no-brainer.