Most women like looking at websites that sell houses. It is not because we will buy one; we’re just looking. Recently, I saw a lot of televisions and it suddenly came to me that people with ordinary hearing were having problems seeing and hearing. The bigger the TV, flatscreen, Blu-ray, sting ray ;) the bigger the problem. The industry has a constant struggle to keep up with making all of the dots (pixels?) on the screen clear.
Clarity! People with ordinary hearing are having the same problem as hearing-assisted people. Why? Because all of the TV’s, especially the bigger ones, were placed against the window. It makes sense; people still want their pictures on the wall, so the only other free space is the window.
They don’t understand why suddenly they can’t see or hear as well. It must be the TV. Send it back. Get a bigger one with more dots per square cm. I know the dot idea has gone out of fashion but it doesn’t matter what TV Design Engineers create. The problem will always be the same.
Basically, an object against a window will immediately put the front of it into shadow.
The bigger the object, the more shadow you get. Housewives don’t like it, as it blocks the light. Anyone watching it will turn the picture clarity up full and the sound up full. Since they don’t think they have to do that with a new TV, they get irritated and send it back or complain to the manufacturer. The latter refers back to the Design Engineer, saying it must be the fault of the design.
At this point, you’d think that the Design Engineers would start asking questions about how the product was being used. They have the technical details. The TV’s operate perfectly under their design criteria. The Design Engineer creates questions for the public. This is like Chinese whispers. By the time the question is printed on card for the customer, the Marketing Department has made it more exciting and shiny, with colours. When the Design Engineer sees it, there are sounds of breaking cups and something unyielding being kicked with smothered curses.
The only way the Engineers find out how the product is working, is by conducting their own unscientific surveys, usually amongst friends. This shows the importance of dinner parties. Someone is bound to complain to him, probably a wife complaining of lack of light. Then her husband will pitch in about actors mumbling. It is nothing of the sort. If you’ve read this blog often, then you know my thoughts on lip-reading and casting faces into shadow. You must see to read, books, faces, expressions.
If the is hung on a wall, think about your neck. It should be level with the TV both on a monitor and a TV.
Ears act in conjunction with the other senses. When seeing clearly becomes a problem, what do you think it is like for those of us who lip-read?
Feel free to comment. These words are merely an opinion. You can disagree if you like!
Have a great investigating week,
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