Some new devices are pretty much a pain to set up and then once you’re done you wonder if it was worth it. That’s how I often feel when I set up a new PC – it takes a lot of work and then I have pretty much what I had before only a little faster. There are, however a few devices that take some effort to set up, but then you get something that seems worth it. The iPhone is like that. So is the Logitech Squeezebox Duet.
Let’s start with some background on what the Logitech Squeezebox Duet is. Because part of the problem with some interesting new devices is that they aren’t like what we’ve had or used before exactly. As a result, we lack the conceptual framework for what the device does and how it works that is so important to fluid and easy use.
Example: I had the experience over the Thanksgiving holiday of showing my Amazon Kindle to several relatives who saw it when I was using it. Usually 5-10 minutes of explanation followed. That’s because the Kindle is kind of like a laptop, only much smaller and with a purposefully slow reflective display, without a computer OS or browser, that uses the cell network instead of WiFi, is deeply integrated with Amazon’s services, but also gives access to a bunch of periodicals. If you really want to “get” the Kindle or any hip-but-complex new device or software (e.g. Digg, Facebook, Twitter) like this you’ll need an attention span of more than 15 seconds.