Keyfob Mnemonics

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Considering the keyfob has 4 different functions via one button, and the iconography on the underside is fairly small and hard to read, and I don’t necessarily “practice” each of the functions everyday, I have come up with the following mnemonics to help me remember the number-of-clicks-commands. Your mileage may vary (and your imagination may come up with better mental-visual-aids):

lock: “l” has one point = 1 press

unlock: “u” has two points = 2 presses

frunk-hug: visualize hugging the frunk prior to opening or closing = long press

trunk-hello-hug: visualize tapping trunk to get its attention (because I’m approching it from behind) prior to giving it a hug = 1 press + long press

panic alarm: beating on a house front door to be let in (4 times) in a panic = 4 presses
 

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Considering the keyfob has 4 different functions via one button, and the iconography on the underside is fairly small and hard to read, and I don’t necessarily “practice” each of the functions everyday, I have come up with the following mnemonics to help me remember the number-of-clicks-commands. Your mileage may vary (and your imagination may come up with better mental-visual-aids):

lock: “l” has one point = 1 press

unlock: “u” has two points = 2 presses

frunk-hug: visualize hugging the frunk prior to opening or closing = long press

trunk-hello-hug: visualize tapping trunk to get its attention (because I’m approching it from behind) prior to giving it a hug = 1 press + long press

panic alarm: beating on a house front door to be let in (4 times) in a panic = 4 presses
Let me guess: engineer?
 

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This fancy Lucid key could very well be one of the points of pride for the design team, but, if given a choice, I'd stick to the conventional design.
Yes, I once bought a handbook just on mnemonics. pocket-size, that I carried with me everyday
 

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Let me guess: engineer?
No way, an engineer wouldn't bother trying to "write it down" as it should be efficient and logical and there's no need to find a way to remember how it works.

and .. of course, as such, I completely forgot how to open the trunk or that it even had a panic feature :D

Have had to deal w/ this too many times .. as various engineers would "sneak in" features .. this Fob reminds me of an engineer that [left unchecked] would always add "hidden gems" (e.g. hold the reset button down and release .. function 1, hold the reset button down for 3 seconds .. function 2, hold the reset button down for 15 secs . function 3 .. and so on and so on) .. of course no one knew about the gems and he'd eventually forget as well .. ugh

= not crazy about the FOB features/function design !
 

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This fancy Lucid key could very well be one of the points of pride for the design team, but, if given a choice, I'd stick to the conventional design.
Yes, I once bought a handbook just on mnemonics. pocket-size, that I carried with me everyday
I totally get the argument that things would be better if they just hadn't tried to reinvent the wheel.

And no doubt, the key fob can be confusing to people. (And I really wish it weren't plastic.)

But the original key fob shipped without a way to open the rear trunk. It only had the capability to open the frunk or unlock the doors.

Now, that very same fob is capable of opening the trunk, thanks to an OTA update.

Try that with a conventional design.

Maybe in six months, you'll be able to turn on the climate control with the fob. Who knows?

But this is why you don't use a dedicated physical button for every function. You might just wish you could change it later.

(A lesson Silicon Valley learned well from the original iPhone.)

That doesn't mean Lucid executed well on this fob. I don't think they quite nailed it. But I totally get why they made that design choice.
 

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I totally get the argument that things would be better if they just hadn't tried to reinvent the wheel.

And no doubt, the key fob can be confusing to people. (And I really wish it weren't plastic.)

But the original key fob shipped without a way to open the rear trunk. It only had the capability to open the frunk or unlock the doors.

Now, that very same fob is capable of opening the trunk, thanks to an OTA update.

Try that with a conventional design.

Maybe in six months, you'll be able to turn on the climate control with the fob. Who knows?

But this is why you don't use a dedicated physical button for every function. You might just wish you could change it later.

(A lesson Silicon Valley learned well from the original iPhone.)

That doesn't mean Lucid executed well on this fob. I don't think they quite nailed it. But I totally get why they made that design choice.
Great explanation. This logic makes sense.
 

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But this is why you don't use a dedicated physical button for every function. You might just wish you could change it later.
Totally agree. I feel like several Lucid frustrations fall into this bucket, like the lack of a garage door button or dedicated buttons to access profile settings. The real problem isn't the lack of a button, it's the lack of that functionality working well via software. With a button, once that functionality does work via software, then the--permanent--problem is "why does the car have this unnecessary button?"
 

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I think the beauty of this fob creativity lies in art of binary signals. It’s like Morris code. The possibility of commands is vast compare to the standard analog fob of 2~4 buttons.

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Everything in Lucid Air is designed for future implementation with maximum flexibility in mind, such as ADAS, tremendous 34” curve screen real estate, pilot panel and a blank fob. They are simple huge canvas, more colors added later as owners making more and more suggestions. For a small company, they listen and implement more software suggestions from their early adopters in their first first car outweigh the software progress of supersize Volkswagen did in a decade.
 

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lock: “l” has one point = 1 press

unlock: “u” has two points = 2 presses

frunk-hug: visualize hugging the frunk prior to opening or closing = long press

trunk-hello-hug: visualize tapping trunk to get its attention (because I’m approching it from behind) prior to giving it a hug = 1 press + long press

panic alarm: beating on a house front door to be let in (4 times) in a panic = 4 presses
They can keep adding features to fob as the time goes on, what you suggested do help remembering somewhat. I rely on Mnemonics method as my memory just sucks and getting worst.

I took class in high school for QWERTY typewriter and Morse Code telegram coder. 3 decades later, I don’t remember anything in Morse Code like German language I took in high school.
 

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Considering the keyfob has 4 different functions via one button, and the iconography on the underside is fairly small and hard to read, and I don’t necessarily “practice” each of the functions everyday, I have come up with the following mnemonics to help me remember the number-of-clicks-commands. Your mileage may vary (and your imagination may come up with better mental-visual-aids):

lock: “l” has one point = 1 press

unlock: “u” has two points = 2 presses

frunk-hug: visualize hugging the frunk prior to opening or closing = long press

trunk-hello-hug: visualize tapping trunk to get its attention (because I’m approching it from behind) prior to giving it a hug = 1 press + long press

panic alarm: beating on a house front door to be let in (4 times) in a panic = 4 presses
I really apreciate your mnemonics on this. I struggled with remembering the various sequences until your posting on this. LOL. Then again, I'm an old fart and abilty to force new items into this old brain are taking longer and longer. For those of you younger, enjoy your time now as this too will be in your future! LOL, LOL, LOL.
 

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I was having tough situation manage via keyfob. Using iphone took longer time to process direction. This forum gave me good information to manage via keyfob. Thanks
 

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This fancy Lucid key could very well be one of the points of pride for the design team, but, if given a choice, I'd stick to the conventional design.
Yes, I once bought a handbook just on mnemonics. pocket-size, that I carried with me everyday
Just wait until you drop it between the seat and the console in the car .... you'll really love it then!
 

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@Bob Lahblaw
Today was the 3rd time I've referred to this post .. I just can't seem to keep the button/functionality straight (doesn't help that I believe my FOB battery is dying since the buttons don't work all the time) .. [I wish I could remember the mnemonics .. but that's on me .. good thing I can search for the word "mnemonics" ;) ]

Just wanted to say, "Thank you!"
 

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@Bob Lahblaw
Today was the 3rd time I've referred to this post .. I just can't seem to keep the button/functionality straight (doesn't help that I believe my FOB battery is dying since the buttons don't work all the time) .. [I wish I could remember the mnemonics .. but that's on me .. good thing I can search for the word "mnemonics" ;) ]

Just wanted to say, "Thank you!"
They are also written on the back of the fob, fwiw.
 

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They are also written on the back of the fob, fwiw.
Thanks, I'm guessing you're referring to the hieroglyphics/morse-code-graphics on the back of the FOB.

I wish my eyesight was better, but even w/ my iPhone camera & flash, I can barely make out the third "long press" function; let alone identify it as the frunk rather than the trunk. In any case, I was actually trying to open the trunk which is not on the FOB (at least not mine - photo attached) .. and, as my wife pointed out to me when I went over the FOB functions, panic mode is not on the FOB either.

Truth be told, if it wasn't for @Bob Lahblaw 's post, I wouldn't even know how to open the trunk w/ the FOB (as it isn't in my manual that I downloaded)

At some point, I'll memorize the functions, but for now grateful for this post 👍
 

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I think that the fob is a great example of form ruining function, sorry.
 

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I think that the fob is a great example of form ruining function, sorry.
I actually agree with you on this one. It’s “fine”, but the UX isn’t great on the fob.
 

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The directions are also in the manual and the box the keys ship in.

I'll be the dissenting opinion and say it took maybe an hour with the key to understand its functions and I really don't get all the stink.
 

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Phone key works very well. The Apple Watch app can be used to open the trunk/frunk as well as “Hey Siri.” I put the fobs away in my safe a while back.
 
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