January 14 2011
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Radio ga ga: Getting the radio interface right

In a recent trip to the US, I was programming the radio station presets in a rental car when I noticed that the radio station frequency became the label of the selected  preset. Being able to easily see which preset button corresponded to which radio station, rather than having to remember which station I assigned to which preset, was a great help to channel hoppers like me. These simple but effective cues turned a mundane and memory-intensive task into a no-brainer, allowing me to focus on the really important stuff, like navigating and drinking my decaf soya latte without spillage.

Now, if they could just find a way to indicate the strength of signal too, then I wouldn’t have to guess which stations are going out of range.

What improvements would you like to see on car-radio interfaces?

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