I eat at a dining hall about twice per week, and getting tea is nerve-wracking. The hot water nozzle is above my head and when using an opaque coffee cup or mug, you cannot see the level of the water. I’m constantly checking to see how full it is so boiling water doesn’t overflow onto my hand.
I’ve examined the machine and it looks as though it is designed to have this water dispenser on top, just as shown. I can’t understand why this would be… I’m willing to bet the only reason no one has been injured is:
1. Hardly anyone drinks tea in the dining hall.
2. It’s so obviously unsafe and difficult to use that everyone checks every couple of seconds to see how full their cup is.
John Gosbee sends along this announcement of an upcoming workshop on medical human factors:
Those readers who want to know more about the practical and regulatory aspects of human factors and device design might be interested in our workshop (or the approach we use). Our writings and this workshop continue a decades long effort to bring the HF and healthcare worlds together (in industry and academia).
Reader Darin Ellis sends along this news item from MSNBC about the future of car dashboards (hint: analog is out, glass screens are in). There is a great quote in the article from the visualization designer of Chrysler:
A lot of usability studies need to be done. Designing these is not a no-brainer.
In addition to this article, here are some other related items that have cross my blog reader. The embedded video is from a CrunchGear review of the new Ford Fusion (referenced in the MSNBC article). Check out the dual LCD displays surrounding the center analog speedometer.
The final item is the interior of the new electric sports car Tesla Model S. The center stack is replaced with a 17 inch touch screen.