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It’s Easy! Just Hit the Button! October 24, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Gadgets, Usability.

I was helping a friend today by taking her picture with her digital camera. By all accounts, this is a VERY easy camera to use–when you know how, that is. As our gadgets grow greater in number, smaller in size and increasingly more complex, even the most tech-savvy people are prone to occasional fumbling of the George Jetson variety (“Jane, how do you stop this crazy thing!?!”). Many more controls are crammed into smaller spaces or have numerous “Transformer”-like functions. Labels, if they exist at all, employ tiny print and cryptic symbols. On top of all this, no two brands, makes or models operate in the same way. If cars were like this, we’d all crash (at least moreso than we do already).

We have often berated computer manufacturers and software designers for their lack of attention to usability. Perhaps it’s time to shift some of the heat onto the makers of cameras, phones, music players and TV remotes. Hello, hello? Is this thing on?

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1. LaShawnda Wrice - November 12, 2006

I bought my first digital camera last week. And I was very disappointed on the instructions. And this camera is from Kodak. They have the manuals in 3 different languages and didn’t have too much information on how to use the darn thing. So now, all I do is turn, turn, hold, click! *ugh* I know there is more I can do because of the “Advertisement”, but how am I going to do it if I don’t have the instructions on how to tell me? Yes, I am a tech-savvy person who has hit the wall with this one. So I guess I will keep getting by until I figure out how to used the darn thing! *eek*

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