Is High Tech always the best solution?

Many of our everyday devices are moving towards platforms that offer great functionality with the ability to customize around our needs.  However high tech solutions can have a number of disadvantages.   One disadvantage is complexity which can be associated with frustration for new users.  Other disadvantages can be cost, battery life, and reliability.  For example for an individual who needs easier access to the opening and closing of windows there is the high tech solution of fitting an electric window opener and setting up a computer based controller (1) or alternatively there is low tech option such as manual window openers (2).  Although the manual opener may suit a user’s need to ventilate a room it has only one single purpose.

Computer based controller and an electric window opener
Computer based controller and electric window opener
Manual window openers
Manual window openers

One comment

  1. Karl

    I think the main consideration to made here would be the the balance between reliability and convenience. How important is the the activity? Would a malfunction create a potential hazard? As you pointed out in most cases when a low tech option is available it would be preferable because it would usually be a more robust solution that would need little or no training or support. Where possible why not make both high tech and low tech solutions available? High tech for everyday convenience with a low tech fail-safe for reliability.

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