Hotels Dumbing Down Alarm Clocks
from the too-complicated dept
One of the fun parts of traveling is always figuring out how the hotel alarm clock actually works. I used to travel with a portable alarm clock, but that has since been replaced by my mobile phone. Still, it seems that hotels have finally realized that their standard alarm clocks took too much time to figure out and are now offering simplified alarm clocks. Apparently, Hilton had to design their own clock, after none of the 150 they tested met their criteria. It may not seem like a huge deal — and with enough messing around any alarm clock could be figured out without that much trouble. However, it is a sign that places like hotels are finally recognizing that user interfaces do matter — though, sometimes the redesigns seem to go in the wrong direction.