Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The iPod has taught my thumb to be double-jointed

Ergonomics of the iPod thumb wheel...

"Seriously- am I the only person on earth that thinks the iPod scroll wheel should be up on the top part where the thumb most comfortably rests (where the screen is)?

Instead I have to hold it more like this*:

...which isn't all that comfortable to do one handed. I usually pull it out from my pocket holding it like the first image, then "hike" it up in my hand to easily get to the scroll wheel like in the second picture.

I'd like to swap the screen and the thumb wheel. Oh- and FYI, the Shuffle has the thumb controls on top. Oh, and FYI again- I actually *have* tried to get used to holding it upside down. It just wasn't cutting it for me.

So, while I think that might be feasible- this is not: I'd also like to see (in addition to being on top of the display) the wheel rotated 45 degrees counter clockwise (lefties can take a long walk off a short pier... or rotate 45 degree clockwise- either one really). Personally, I think the prev/next controls are the most commonly used, especially when blindly controlling it in your pocket. So by rotating the controls, this facilitates next/prev to be the easiest and most natural movement for your thumb- try it:"   continued ...   (Via User Centered)

How could the thumb be more comfortable? - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

How could the thumb be more comfortable?


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