Friday, February 23, 2007

Water dispensers

This a picture of water dispensers seen in restaurants/offices.

Look closely and they have a hot and a cold arrangement, but no arrangement for water at room temperature. So, what do you do? Mix hot and cold, is the simple answer - what a waste of energy!

You would have thought that this was elementary, but no - recently a third option is available (normal water) on some of the newer models.

6 comments:

Kiran said...

Surprising isn't it...no water at room temperature. Wonder where all that market research about the aesthetics, design, blah and blah went...down the drain!!! A simple concept yet ignored...ah..so much for their consumer behavior skills!!

Anonymous said...

I work in the US and they have dipensers with room temperature also. They are marked with grey color.

Neelakantan said...

Kiran, I actually think that this happened because the product was transplanted from somewhere else. I thought US - but after anons comment, I am not sure.

Anybody who has looked at people in India, even near a water cooler or restaurant will know that there are almost an equal number of people who prefer normal water and cold water.

Siva Rajendran said...

Good point.
I always prefer to have water at room temperature.

ggop said...

I work in the US too but I haven't seen the gray room temperature dispenser in my office.

I agree, what a waste. While the red tap is hard to operate, I still land up scalding myself on occassion to get the right temperature. :)
gg

Anonymous said...

...in any case in India I have seen people use it more for getting hot water to clean their cups!