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Recall the scene from matrix movie where the female lead actor asks the operator to load an apache helicopter program so that she could fly the machine in front of her, imagine what can be accomplished if you could impart the knowledge of accomplishing a task in a simple manner understandable by most of us. in a way where we could relate to what is in front of us with what is being shown to us. From the scene I could recall that knowledge of how to interact with various controls in a timely manner has been attained. if I have the luxury of taking the time out of equation, what if I can gain the knowledge to do something without a time constraint. This looks more like high tech. but I wanted to apply this to something we do day to day.

I have brought a TV stand and RO water system in the past. me being a mechanical engineer, it took me about an hour or so roughly on each of them to assemble. Imagine if I were to scan a code on these item's packaging, that could take me to assembly instructions of the item on my smart phone, and, I could use a chromecast to view it on my touch device or TV. I could relate what is being shown with what I have and I just follow the video. No need to read anymore. the material viewed can be in the form of video or 3d assembly instructions using IPM viewer from solid works. This concept can be extended to anything and everything from assembly instructions to automobile repair/ trouble shooting manuals. It is analogous to documenting the best possible way to accomplish a task in a 3d video.
With so much advanced technology lying around, like scan a image from a magazine to view a video content relevant to the image, with scanner app to scan code on advertisements' to show relevant material in video format, what is the need for an instructional manual. so the essential question is why do I have to read instructions.

can we not do away with them. Thank you for reading and please do share your thought

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    Aug 26 2013: Written instruction has some advantages over video. For one, it's easier to search or glance over. Many written manuals are broken up into sections that are easy to jump to. If you wanted to do a hard reset on a product for example, it would be easier to look at the table of contents then scrub through a video.

    You might be able to implement "chapters" into an interactive video, like a DVD menu. But sections pertaining to legal notices like "Terms and Conditions" would have to be in text. You can't assume a customer would have a fair chance to read the terms and conditions if they were only available online. We may find that almost everyone has an internet-enabed device and connection in the future, but even then, distributing instructions with your product would require customers to have third party products and services.
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    Aug 2 2013: Companies will abandon hardcopy instructions and adopt E-manuals (not the same as Emmanuel) when EVERYONE can read and write and has Internet access with a device to access the Internet. The manufacturer will then need to put just one universally understandable (using text and pictures/symbols/drawings) label on the product packaging which clearly communicates the message: "DO NOT ASSEMBLE OR USE THIS PRODUCT WITHOUT READING AND COMPLYING TO THE ELECTRONIC MANUAL AVAILABLE AT www.http//". This will accomplish the primary purpose of all assembly instructions-- which is to eliminate liability lawsuits. Don't hold your breath, this will take a while.
    • Aug 2 2013: EveryOne does not need to know how to read and write. thats the beauty of the concept. all you need is to follow the actions shown in the video or 3D assembly. as i stated, if you take time constraint from the training part, you have all the time you need to go through it repeatedly if required, to look and imitate. today more and more companies are going green and encouraging people to do so. this can be a step toward the same. if you need instructions, the same bar code that provides the assembly instructions can show the readable instructions. I would bet that no one would prefer reading instruction to watching and following. No need to print these booklets which will save effort and money can be eventually passed on customers as well.
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        Aug 3 2013: If an illiterate person gets hurt by the product and files a lawsuit the company lawyers will ask them, in court under oath, if they went online and watched the instructions? If they answer "Yes", the jury will find for the company because the video clearly showed how to avoid being injured by the product so obviously the user deviated from the demonstrated way. If they answer "No", the jury will again find for the company because their perfectly clear instructions were disregarded. So no one would ever win a lawsuit. The company needs everything in writing to support their case in court. I don't think that will ever change.
  • Aug 2 2013: I am always getting instructions from the net i.e. i wanted to take apart a mac se and found out i needed a t15 screw driver with a long neck.

    Let me point you a sf short story where education is imprinted into a person brain. One person did not get his letter telling him what he would be imprinted with and when. He tried to sneak in and was stopped by the police and they finally tell him why. They had found the imprinting killed inventiveness in an individual. So they developed tests to find people not to imprint. and he was one.