Friday, February 27, 2009

Clever Clock UI

There was a power outage in my apartment building the other day, so I went to reset the clock on my stove.

Instead of making you select the hour and minute in two separate steps like most appliances do, you do it in just one. Press the up/down buttons once, and the clock will increment/decrement by one minute. Hold the buttons down, and it moves in ten minute steps for as long as it's pressed.

I thought that was kind of clever. It keeps the task of "Setting the Time" consolidated into a single step, as opposed to breaking it up into as many as three (setting the hour, minute, and am/pm).