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Reddit designs new volume controls with hilarious results

Volume controls made simple? (Source: Reddit)
Volume controls made simple? (Source: Reddit)
Leave it to the Internet to put too much thought in redesigning one of the simplest mechanics in modern computers with pretty funny results.
Sam Medley,

Volume controls are one of those things we tend to take for granted. The slider bar design has long been the standard and works well; we can easily perceive where the volume of our devices sits and where it’s capable of going. But perhaps we should take a moment of appreciation for the simple and effective design; as a recent thread on Reddit shows, volume controls could be much, much worse.

There’s currently a contest of sorts over on r/ProgrammerHumor for who can design the “best” volume controls. Keep in mind that this is the Internet definition of best, so the entries have been predictably satiric and ridiculous. Be sure to head over to the Subreddit for the full list, but some notable posts showcase “designs” including choosing volume level by scrolling through the digits of Pi, shouting at the desired decibel level, setting volume based on latitude, and a Yahtzee-style volume controller determined by dice rolls.

This is all pretty tongue in cheek, but with all the recent worries about internet security, Net Neutrality, and the continued tense political climate, it’s good to have something to laugh at. While most of these volume controls were posted as GIFs and video clips, some of them have actual code attached to them so other can enrich their lives with the best that Internet-sourced design can provide.

Head over to r/ProgrammerHumor on Reddit to view the entries (and submit your own), and enjoy the hilarity that can come from redesigning such a simple mechanic.


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Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1172 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2017-06-10 (Update: 2017-06-10)