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Consumer electronics: Shrinking products pose problems: Small, well-designed audio and video units capture the buyer's fancy but challenge human-factors engineers

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Consumer electronics companies are advertising a television set that is `smaller than a paperback book', video recorders `light enough to sit on eggs', and typewriters only slightly larger `than an eyeglass case'. Electronics equipment for the typical office and home is getting smaller. The problems faced by the manufacturer in producing these and similar small-scale products as well as those faced by the consumer in using them are discussed.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 12 )