It’s scarcely possible to imagine any kind of interface that does not involve buttons of some variety. From fruit machines to ATMs, from futuristic spaceship consoles to iPhone apps, most machines — real or imagined — present their human users with buttons to be pressed at their discretion to make the machine do things.
Even the fabled BIG RED BUTTON, with its ominous “DO NOT PRESS” label speaks to us through its familiar form and entices us to touch it — if only to see what falls apart or explodes when we do.
Such is the power of the button.
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