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07. 29. 2008

Samsung thinks patronising women will get us into tech; Engadget agrees

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Oh, tech manufactuers... why do you think that making a phone or a hard drive look like a powder compact is the way to our hearts? Nothing makes me more annoyed - except covering everything vaguely girl-oriented in pink, perhaps.

As Engadget gleefully reports, Samsung has designed a concept compact hard drive that looks similar to a piece of make-up - and this picture shows it surrounded by make-up, to prove the point. You know, 'cos we women are so crazy about cosmetics, we'll buy anything if it looks like we can paint our faces with it.

So far though, this is just a concept - and maybe it should stay that way. I think the design is sleek and all, but I don't agree with making tech designs gender specific. (Don't small, sleek designs appeal to men, too?)

How about letting us all buy what we want, whether we're male or female?

Posted by diane    Category: computers | current affairs | design | devices
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Maggie:

One way to combat this would be to refer to this kind of shenenigans as "feminine products."

"Would you like to use this feminine product?"

Carol:

As a 70-year-old grandmother who is a ham radio operator, has built many electronic devices, connects her own equipment,sets up tv systems for friends and family, troubleshoots computer problems for friends and family, etc., I am tired of manufacturers thinking women would prefer fashion to function. Give me gear that works and stop the "pinking" of equipment. We are savvy and not soft in the head!

Sharon:

Maggie, love it! feminine product.

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