Voltlog #190 – Bad Product Design

Welcome to a new Voltlog, today I’m gonna talk about bad product design but not in general, I’m not gonna cover all of the things that could go wrong in product design, I am gonna focus on a particular case that I encountered recently which is related to standby power usage.

So if you’re gonna design a product that’s gonna be spending most of the time in standby, I’m talking about a product that has a soft power switch, so the product will spend most of the time in standby waiting for you to press the power up button, maybe once a day, or even multiple times, but then it will go back to sleep until next case. You would of course want to optimize the power usage in standby because that could potentially drain the battery and when you wanna turn it on, there is no more juice left.

But it seems like this simple concept is not really used, even now in 2018, you would think, every product designer would master this simple concept but that’s not the case.

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