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Super Simple vs. Needlessly Complex

Super Simple:

This is called the Q-drum and it's built for transporting 20 gallons of water - something that millions do everyday. Super simple indeed.

You can read more in the New York Times article Design that Solves Problems for the Worlds Poor. I first heard about the Q-drum from Darren Barefoot.

Needlessly Complex:

This is a Japanese toilet that has 17 buttons. The one I use at home only has a single lever and it's never left me wanting more. Needlessly complex? I say yes.

Maybe you've seen similar items? I'd love to hear about any products that are stark examples of simplicity or complexity.