Re: [IxDA] All microwave interfaces are COMPLETELY different
17 May 2010 - 12:09pm
5 years ago
Interesting idea. I like the idea of having a wheel with a center push button. A few notes, however:
1. How do you set a power setting? This really is important. If I nuke my oatmeal on high for 2.5 minutes, it boils over and makes a mess. If I nuke it on half power (power level 5) for 5 minutes, I get perfect oatmeal.
2. From my own experience, any microwave that requires multi-touch to operate is going to be a problem. When I am in the kitchen, I am usually doing about 12 things at once, holding or stirring something in my other hand or have a potholder on, etc. -- I don't have the bandwidth to use two hands to set up the microwave! Also, a multitouch interface would make it exponentially more difficult for someone with limited dexterity
to use. My grandmother would have a hell of a time figuring out how to use it -- and at this point in her life, the microwave is her most important kitchen appliance.
I think it's an interesting idea, though -- wonder what others have to say? I had mentally toyed with the idea of two dials, one for power level and one for time, but that could be very confusing too -- which dial is which?
Hilary User Experience Hilary Bienstock, Principal