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I may just be exceptionally lazy or as I like to think of it
exceedingly efficient, but I find myself not using more
two buttons on my microwave. If I throw in a veggie
sausage, I don't bother with punching the 4, then moving
my finger to the 0, then over to the start. No, I just hit
start. See the time and attention span savings? That's a
whole (looking for 0 button) and a (re-aiming finger)
Is my sausage a bit overdone? If I ever know the correct
number within 4 seconds I need to start eating fewer
sausages and find something better to do with my life.
Of course I can never be the **absolute genius** that
invented the "add 30 seconds" button (a feature I will
surely have on my next device). Or the
visionary** that created the timer dial (sadly a feature
is waning in popularity, perhaps due short
mechanical life compared with buttons). But I hope this
idea can save you all a (very) little time.
The Exp bar is simply a touch sensitive strip below your
keypad for advanced and lazy users. It ranges from the
trivial Exp(1) = 1 second to the perhaps excessive Exp(9)
8103 seconds. For my veggie sausage I'd jab somewhere
around 3.7 on the scale, the display reads 40.447s
it immediately starts cooking (no Start button, please).
||//Exp(9) = 8103 seconds// Useful for reheating brussels sprouts.
||I've membrane switches, so timing tends to be :23, :45, 1:23, 2:34, 3:21, 3:45 ... poke and slide.
||I'd suggest a formula of (15*2^x) seconds with x
going from 0 to 5. This gives you six buttons, with
timings of 15s, 30s, 60s, 2m, 4m, 8m
||My rice-cooker regularly wants a 13 minute setting,
so can we add a couple of extra buttons on there
||I do like dials on things, be they microwaves,
radio-tuners or volume knobs. I particularly like
wheeling dials that are velocity sensitive, so a
fast twist to the right will jog the value more
than a gentle turn for more fine-tuned adjustment.
Thinking about it, there is an alternate
paradigm I have on my mouse scroll wheel - where
you press a button to disengage the "clicker"
and then give
it a flick to spin like a flywheel, and scroll all
the way down the text of whatever License
currently ignoring. I quite like the physicality of
spinning a weighted wheel, stepping back and
spin get you to where you want to be, setting-wise.
On a microwave, replacing the regular dial
with a big naval free-spinning valve-wheel (what
are those things called?) might be a nice way to
||Does it help that 13 is in the Fibonacci sequence?
||Could do - it depends on how much rice I'm cooking!
I've been trying to get the perfect "omurice" and
currently a cupful of rice for 13 minutes seems to be
the sweet spot.
||What I think we can all agree on is that whoever
invented the recipe-specific buttons on a microwave
should probably be taken out and gently reeducated. Imagine a hob where each
ring/burner has 30 settings, one for fried eggs, another for boiling water,
another for soup, another for asparagus and so on forever. A nightmare
||Take it from us, that doesn't work. You need to go with the random, violent beatings.
||Time doesn't exist except in your mind. So wing it...a warm
||But reality is still here, right ?
||Someone should really answer [wjt].
||Yes, as far as we can tell reality is still here. Sorry for leaving
you hanging for a few days on something so important.
||Maybe it wasn't for a few days