Monday, December 26, 2005

TV Remote or Space Shuttle Control

I'm sorry but this is ridiculous. How is anyone who doesn't have an advanced degree in particle physics going to be able to operate that thing? How on earth is anyone without understanding a programing language going to be able to configure the damn thing? Shouldn't the industry be working on making these things simpler? Of course Apple seems to have the right idea. The human/system interface should be simple but the software should do the heavy lifting. When I worked at Bloomberg we had a simple rule when building user/human interfaces, "Don't build a space shuttle cockpit." I think some of the human interface designers at the companies that design our TV's, VCRs, and DVD players should start designing for real people and not caffeine drunk techno-philes.

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