Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The User Interface of Alarm Clocks...Or Lack Thereof

Poor UI for alarm clocks ...

"Joshua Schachter rants about the lack of innovation in alarm clock UI design.

As someone who has puzzled over the setting of a number of alarm clocks in various hotel rooms, I can really relate to the sentiments here. Come to think of it, there really are very few design standards or heuristics when it comes to alarm clock design. Many a night I have just phoned for a wake-up call rather than gamble on the fact that I correctly set some foreign alarm clock...and I hate being awakened by the phone! Scares the bejeebers out of me ("bejeebers" being a technical term in this instance).

Given the ubiquity of the humble alarm clock, you would think we could all agree on some standards and make our lives a bit easier. Does the little dot of light mean AM or PM? You know?"   continued ...   (Via ICE)

A Real Alarm Clock - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

A Real Alarm Clock


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