by lizclark on July 11, 2013

My refrigerator and car both beep at me if I leave a door open.  I think it’s rude, but it’s part of the design.

I want to know why.

Was it a frequent request from customers? 

Did they send out a survey and discover that people were really sick of having to REMEMBER to close doors all the time?

I could probably Google this and find the answer, but sometimes I like to use my BRAIN to imagine and wonder.  It’s an ancient technique. 

My guess would be that car designers considered it an “innovative” courtesy to the customer.  In the olden days, if you left your car door open or your lights on, your battery would die.  Then, you’d have to get a jumpstart or call AAA and you’d be “that guy” stuck in the parking lot shrugging and saying, “Left my lights on!” 

These days, most cars have features where the lights turn off automatically…but the beeping remains.  It’s an inextricable part of our culture.

 And why a BEEP?  Such an ANNOYING beep?  Growing up, my grandfather drove a baby blue Lincoln Town Car.  When he left his door open (and he did a lot), a smooth lady’s voice would announce “Your door is ajar.  Your door is ajar.” until someone closed it.  I felt like she was part of the family.

 I can almost hear “Carl” the perennial engineer arguing in favor of the BEEP feature at the annual WAMB Conference (“World Advocacy for More Beeping”):

Carl the BEEP Engineer “The rapid, high-pitched BEEP is our future.  It engages the attention of the user on a sub-conscious level, causing them to take action with great urgency.  The results are undeniable – doors are being closed all across the world as a result of our work.  We have become part of the daily ‘noise’ that creates the backdrop of every day life.  We will be forever engrained in the minds of small children.  We are the BEEP!”  [Cue roaring applause.]

 And, alas, “Carl” has prevailed.

So, where am I going with all this BEEP talk?

Take a moment to think about all the “innovations” that we take for granted in our day-to-day lives.  You may hate the BEEP and think it’s a total waste of ingenuity.  But, like it or not, it impacts millions of people daily.

If something like THAT can make an impact, YOU can too!  Think for a moment how much BETTER your last idea was than the BEEP!  I mean, I’m pretty sure your last idea wasn’t meant to annoy people!

You are walking around with ideas that could impact the world!  Ideas that could work their way into our day-to-day lives in a few short years.

The key to unlocking and taking action on these ideas is YOU.

What every successful idea person has figured out at one point or another is that ideas need a lot of support to become reality.  Ideas don’t finish themselves.

If you need help figuring out where to start, getting organized or mapping out your ideas, let me know!  It’s my passion to help people tackle projects…and every project begins with an IDEA!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie July 11, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Liz, you had me giggling all the way through and loved the wamb conference it was so beeping fantastic :)


lizclark July 11, 2013 at 7:20 AM

LOL! So glad! It was fun to write! :)


Nick July 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

It really is amazing what we now take for granted. Google has replaced “remembering things” and “figuring things out!”

And remember when we had to go to a “computer” connected to the wall by a “cord” to search the internet? (Yeah… that was like only about 5 years ago.). Now we have the whole world in our hands (sing it with me!).


lizclark July 11, 2013 at 8:15 AM

“We’ve got the whole world…in our hands!” Oh, wait…were those the words? LOL – thanks for your comment Nick! Have a blessed day!


Becca July 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I have a long standing issue with Windows because of their “donk.” Every time I hit a key and they don’t like it, every time I try to click my mouse where they don’t want it… “donk.” I switched to Apple long ago – the beeping is only a small reason why, but last year I had to install Parallels to access Windows on my Apple (for a client) and every. single. time. I have to open it up? I’m swearing under my breath.

Anyway :) I completely agree with you – the beep is a good reminder that we can have an impact ;)


lizclark July 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Becca! You’ve got me chuckling this morning! I’m a mac user as well and whenever I have to work on a PC, I have the same “fun” – LOL! May you have a “beep-free” day! :)


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