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I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: guitarist
Date: November 24, 2011 12:43AM
Alert sounds on major appliances can still do no better than

EEEHGH EGGH EGGHH EEEGHH

or

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

I was talking on my iPhone to a friend in Houston (my basement office is close to the washer and dryer) and when the dryer finished its cycle, it made an offensive mechanical beeping sound. "What was that?" my caller asked. Then he and I ended up discussing this unlikely phenomenon: some of our technology communicates to us with a refined, intelligent, human touch, the 21st century future that we were promised is finally here!

Yet some of our appliances send out harsh audio signals, primitive alert sounds that seem more at home in a technological landscape of 1979. When the soup is done, the microwave goes "BEEEEEEEP". Or if you haven't put your seat belt on, the car goes "BEEEEEP.. BEEEEEP.. BEEEEP" ... and so on.

What gives? A microwave oven uses space-age technology that would have made a premodern human think you were a God-like Wizard, or an agent of Satan! Yet the best it can do is honk out a vulgar beep? To let you know the task is complete? That's the best you can do, appliance makers? My 2006 Honda Civic Si has at least seven different computer processors in it, and I can navigate to my destination using signals from outer space! But if my self belt isn't on, the best it can do is make a ragged beeping sound? Car manufacturers, I understand it needs to be an unwelcome sound, annoying enough to prompt attention, but can't we do better?

I'm sure many here have similar complaints and observations, how'd we get to 2011, yet still...

Let's hear yours!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/24/2011 12:44AM by guitarist.
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: Mike V
Date: November 24, 2011 12:58AM
I'm guessing you like musical ring tones?

Personally I prefer a phone to ring, a microwave to ding and an error code to beep.



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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: November 24, 2011 01:35AM
THIS THREAD DOES NOT COMPUTE.



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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: guitarist
Date: November 24, 2011 01:49AM
Quote
Mike V
I'm guessing you like musical ring tones?

Personally I prefer a phone to ring, a microwave to ding and an error code to beep.

A musical jingle is not what I'm suggesting, no, Mike, I don't want it to play a song for me. But I do expect better! A simple ding, or a beep, as dull as it is, and as conditioned to it as we are, at least isn't overly harsh or offensive sounding.

My microwave doesn't 'ding". It makes a dreadful loud long beep. Same with dryer. If your appliances make a simple happy ding sound, and you like it, then you're luckier than some appliance owners.

Not that long ago, an individual's personal computer displayed messages saying things like FATAL ERROR or ILLEGAL COMMAND. Needlessly alarming (not to mention, not useful) to the human sitting at their computer. More than we need to know about the wonky internal language of programmers, with their characteristic disregard for the individual user. Thankfully, those kinds of messages have been driven out, replaced with more useful alerts.

I'd hope at the least, we could have a choice. As it stands now, there are no choices.

I remember a while back, automobile designers experimented with a computerized recorded human voice reminder for seat-belt prompts, and so forth, and they weren't embraced by consumers, they were universally disliked, so the experiment didn't proceed much further. I'm wondering, if this were addressed again, if there might be some solution that could work better.

In other words, I wish appliances benefited from the same evolution that our personal computers have enjoyed. More respectful ways for appliances to communicate with their human masters. An Apple sensibility in microwave, automobile, and washer/dryer design and manufacture? I'm not holding my breath. But one can hope!
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: Mike V
Date: November 24, 2011 04:21AM
Yeah, fair enough.



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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: November 24, 2011 05:33AM
"Hey, man! Somebody stole yo' battery! I say we go get the $&#%@*&!"
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 24, 2011 08:27AM
I am glad my appliances do not talk.
"Hey ! What the heck is this ? Don't make ME wash that ! You filthy human !"
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: Fred_Also
Date: November 24, 2011 09:01AM
Since a lot of appliances are assembled in Mexico, would they speak with an accent?

"Senior, your clothes in the dryer are done."

I actually find myself yelling back at my talking GPS.
"turn left, turn left"
me - "I will when I get to the road, do you want me to drive across that ditch to get there?"


Fred
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 24, 2011 09:05AM
"Since a lot of appliances are assembled in Mexico, would they speak with an accent?"



ay, caramba!
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: neophyte
Date: November 24, 2011 09:09AM
I suspect those little "Sound Chips" on the IC boards cost about a dime a dozen, provided you buy a couple hundred thousand dozens at a time. Which is what manufacturers did in the good times in the 1990s. They still have lots in inventory. Your best bet would be to stimulate the economy so people will buy appliances, cars, etc and so deplete those inventories. Then we can get more modern alerts like "Yo, Dude, yo' wash be done")
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: davester
Date: November 24, 2011 09:21AM
So this is what you want?...

"Open the microwave bay doors, hal".

"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
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Date: November 24, 2011 10:10AM
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 24, 2011 11:07AM
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Re: I can't believe it's the 21st Century, and yet....
Posted by: lazydays
Date: November 24, 2011 11:18AM
My washer and dryer play a musical tune as does my rice maker when they have completed their tasks. Very easy to hear around the house and it is a pleasant tune.
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