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# Exp bar

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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 than 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 44 start. See the time and attention span savings? That's a whole (looking for 0 button) and a (re-aiming finger) saved. 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 **underappreciated visionary** that created the timer dial (sadly a feature that 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 and it immediately starts cooking (no Start button, please).

 — Worldgineer, Oct 01 2020

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//Exp(9) = 8103 seconds// Useful for reheating brussels sprouts.
 — pocmloc, Oct 01 2020

I've membrane switches, so timing tends to be :23, :45, 1:23, 2:34, 3:21, 3:45 ... poke and slide.
 — FlyingToaster, Oct 01 2020

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
 — hippo, Oct 01 2020

 My rice-cooker regularly wants a 13 minute setting, so can we add a couple of extra buttons on there please?

I do like dials on things, be they microwaves, radio-tuners or volume knobs. I particularly like those free- wheeling dials that are velocity sensitive, so a fast twist to the right will jog the value more quickly than a gentle turn for more fine-tuned adjustment. Thinking about it, there is an alternate "spin-and-wait" 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 Agreement I'm currently ignoring. I quite like the physicality of spinning a weighted wheel, stepping back and letting the 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 go.
 — zen_tom, Oct 01 2020

Does it help that 13 is in the Fibonacci sequence?
 — pertinax, Oct 01 2020

 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 scenario.
 — zen_tom, Oct 01 2020

 // gently reeducated //

Take it from us, that doesn't work. You need to go with the random, violent beatings.
 — 8th of 7, Oct 01 2020

Time doesn't exist except in your mind. So wing it...a warm bun nonetheless.
 — blissmiss, Oct 03 2020

But reality is still here, right ?
 — wjt, Oct 06 2020

......@......@......@
 — pertinax, Oct 07 2020