From I SCOOT to IBOT, #7 of ?? (Unintended movement of the joystick will result in unintended movement of the product)

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/12/02 17:31 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2008/12/02/9166557.aspx


Prior blogs in the series here and here and here and here and here and here.

There has been a question about the steering of the IBOT that I have been trying to explain.

I have kind of given up.

Though I do notice some information in the instruction manual:

IBOT joystick

Note that display on the top left, which kind of lays it out, with arrows that even show a kind of a consistency.

Still not intuitive, but slightly more explainable. :-)

Now it is worth noting the advice about the quick stop information on the right -- when you stop going forward you can of course also slam the joystick backward and perhaps decrease the stopping distance -- I have not timed or measured this formally but it seems to work and I have managed to not bump into stuff which in my mind lends credence to the theory.

Also, I love the quote on the right!

It is kind of silly, in a caution: filling may be hot kind of way.

Plus it is also kind of wrong, since the movement will be quite intentional on the part of the IBOT. It just means there is no "Do as I meant, not as I did" mode!

It really boils down to the fact that in the last piece (will result in unintended movement of the product) it is still the person in the chair and their intent we are talking about, not the product's; the product intended to be.

But how to capture that in a pithy way?

It's a mystery....

This blog was going to be sponsored by some arrows but then I got lazy. :-)


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Gwyn on 2 Dec 2008 9:11 PM:

Warning: this product may contain traces of nuts.

I saw that on a packet of nuts once. I think.


referenced by

2013/09/19 From I SCOOT to IBOT, #10 of ??: The good, the bad, and the ugly (IN THAT ORDER)

2009/07/08 Suddenly the chair looks smarter and I am the one with the control issues

2008/12/20 From I SCOOT to IBOT, #10 of ??: The good, the bad, and the ugly (IN THAT ORDER)

2008/12/12 From I SCOOT to IBOT, #9 of ??: You're not stoned if you see me in Seattle at a 50 degree or a 130 degree angle

2008/12/03 From I SCOOT to IBOT, #8 of ?? (On redefining the ideal kissing height)

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