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Take a careful look at this control panel. What do you think it's for?


It's an oven.

This is the worst example of over-complicated product design I've ever seen.  As you can imagine, my 93-year old grandmother can't figure out how to bake a potato with it.

Finish this sentence: "A suitable punishment for the designers would be …"

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  1. Stuart Foster April 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    This is kind of ridiculous. Looks like the console for Major Sulu. (Is it bad if I know who drives the ship?)

  2. Brian Dunbar April 22, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    “A suitable punishment for the designers would be …”
    Eat dinner at your grandmother’s house.

  3. Pete Armstrong April 23, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    where’s the GPS reset ? ;>)

  4. Katie April 23, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    What, no cup holder? :)

  5. Atul Chatterjee April 29, 2009 at 4:18 am #

    I have an aunt who still uses a microwave bought in the 1960s. It has mechanical controls and has never broken down, despite the variable voltage in India.
    As for the designer of this console just stuff him/her (or as I suspect the team) into the oven and use the grill to raise them to 300 degrees. I am sure they will feel elevated.

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