Remote Control Error Proofing
Here’s another example of “Everyday Error Proofing‘ courtesy of the new cable box from my cable company (part of the federally mandated transition to digital-only service).
The manual for the remote says (not that I was reading it, but I just happened to notice):
“If the same button is pressed and held for 45 seconds, your remote control will turn itself off automatically.
This extends the battery life should the remote become lodged under or between heavy objects, for example sofa cushions.”
There’s an example of some thoughtful error proofing. That’s much more effective than a big warning label that says, “BE CAREFUL, Do not get Remote stuck in Couch Cushions.”
It’s error proofed, and their manual explains “why,” which is a nice touch. It’s a nice Lean culture method to take the time to explain “why” rather than just telling somebody to do something or not to do something.