Dry air makes you sick. Dry air destroys guitars. Using a cool mist humidifier in the Winter to help things along is not enough because you must also know precisely how much water you’re putting into the air. Guitars like a humidity level between 40-60%. Anything below that threshold, and frets will eventually start popping out of the fingerboard. Anything above 60% humidity and your guitar can start to swell in the exposed wood parts and not want stay in tune. The Honeywell TM005X Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermo-Hygrometer is an almost perfect device for home use that will wirelessly, and
remotely monitor, both the temperature and the humidity levels in at two
areas. You can purchase two extra remote sensors to give you readings
in four places. There’s only one major problem with this Honeywell
The main monitor has such a highly reflective coating that it is impossible to read the temperature and humidity level.
It is difficult to “find the right angle” to view the information on device and if you want to know what’s up in the air around you, you have to get up out of your motorcycle chair and manhandle the thing with your blistered fingers into a momentarily clear view.
In this product shot captured by my iPhone, you can read the things taped to my office wall easier than you can read the temperature.
That sort of basic design fail in common, everyday, usage of the product is absolutely stunning.
Did no one at Honeywell field test this device?
Who approved such a reflective impediment to what is, quite clearly, an exceptional and smart piece of technology?
When we consider a “Scientific Aesthetic” — we must not only evaluate the quantitative science, but also determine the qualitative beauty in the bones of the design functionality — and when Art and science come together as a whole, we have successfully created the perfect example of a “Scientific Aesthetic.”
The Honeywell TM005X Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermo-Hygrometer only meets half of our Scientific Aesthetic mandate when it could have so easily made itself whole with the right eye on actual usability.