Saturday, September 4, 2010

The firge, the door and the fire alarm

Today when I prepared breakfast I realized that the fridge wasn't properly closed. It had been a small opening the whole night. That's not particularly good.

But what's worse is that the fridge did not make any noise indicating that the door was open. In fact, it did the opposite: it turned off the only indication there was that the door wasn't properly closed -- it turned of the light inside the fridge. If that light wasn't turned off it would be easier to spot that the door was open.

Turning the light off would not be a big problem if there was some way the fridge alarmed when the door was open. Let's say making a noise when it had been open for more than 1 minute.

I'm sure that it's a feature that the fridge turns off the light by it self when it has been on for too long. But I can't the use-case when it would be a useful. There must be a timer somewhere that turns off the light. That timer should instead trigger an alarm.

Actually there is an noise-making-device in the fridge. But that only used when the temperature in the fridge is above a certain temperature. That noise-making-devices should be triggered by that timer. Why didn't it?

I don't know.

Recently I've noticed more and more weird design choices in everyday things. Like having the handle of a door be shaped as a pipe when you should push the door, and having the handle be shaped like a flat surface when you should pull the door (think about it, a surface is easy to push and a pipe is easy to pull).

Even worse, I've experienced that fire alarms sounds very very much like the break-in alarm.

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