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Electronics can spoil anything.

Continuing the faucet theme, let’s take a look at this:

Gimme water already!

Gimme water already!

These things become more and more popular but they still don’t work all to well. I’m not even going to rant about how they sometimes just refuse to turn the water on, no matter how complicated a gestures you make with your hands.

No, there is a more embarrassing problem. Notice how much splatter is around the sink. This is because the faucet only works if your hands are very close to it and therefore are outside of the sink. And keeping your hands too high, rather then lowering down closer to the bottom of the sink is a sure recipe to get those embarrassing splashes on your pants just around… erm… just behind the waist level. Alas, the poorly designed automatics shuts the water off once you move your hands down into the splash-safe zone.

Next time you see a guy coming out of a public restroom with his pants splattered, don’t laugh. Thanks to the stupid faucet this can happen to you, too!

Why redesign a good thing?

With tap water being available for more than 100 years now, most people know how to access it, and an ideal design seem to have emerged: two faucets, one for hot water, one for the cold, feeding a single output pipe. Easy to adjust the temperature, easy to adjust the flow. What’s not to like!

But apparently some designers just can’t go a day without spoiling a good thing. Check out this contraption, for example:

Combined-control faucet

Combined-control faucet

The single lever controls both the flow and the temperature – as you rotate the lever counter-clockwise, the temperature increases, but the flow increases only up to the middle point, then decreases again somewhat. Peak flow comes at a fairly comfortable “almost hot” temperature point.
As a result, you can’t get, say, a strong stream of cold water, or, if your personal temperature sweet spot is different from the designer’s, you can’t get the full flow of your favorite temperature.

This is of course a much better design still than this invention of a sadistic mind:

freezes or burns?

What's your thing: freezes or burns?

Either burn your hands with 100% hot water or freeze them with 100% cold water. No mixing, mixing is for pussies! The best you can do is move your hands frantically between the hot and cold streams. Burn-freeze-burn-freeze-burn-freeze. Don’t forget the soap, chap!