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Shrinking electronics

Posted by Linknoid on 2005-04-02 15:19:09


In spite of the fact that my fingers are probabably somewhere over 85th percentile male in size, I suspect that the shrinking buttons on electronics has little to do with targetting a 40th percentile female market. Rather, I would guess that it's simply a side effect of making electronics more portable, it leaves them less room to actually include the controls. On the other hand, I've heard that Japanese keyboards are like 30% smaller because their average hand size is significantly smaller than Americans. Who knows, maybe all the new stuff is being designed for Japanese and for kids.

I haven't found too many things in life so far for which the controls are too small to use, but my new computer's reset button is enclosed in such a manner that I would almost have to use a paperclip or something to push it. However, if I push hard enough, I can squeeze my little finger in just enough to get it to reset. The other complaint I have is that the only bowling balls at bowling alleys with finger holes big enough for my fingers are 16 pounds, so I get stuck using that weight whether I want to or not.


Illyria (2005-03-30 22:52:41)
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