Vancouver Is Banning Doorknobs on New Buildings

Hold on to your knobs while you still can. Humanity is about to embark on an era of doorknob prohibition, and it's all starting with our friendly neighbor to the north, right in Vancouver, Canada. » 11/19/13 5:40pm 11/19/13 5:40pm

KnobFeel: Extensive Reviews of Nothing But Knobs

At this point, the hi-fi stereo market is inundated with enough high quality, pristine-gut-bearing machines that it makes it nearly impossible to draw distinctions between different models' reviews, so you might as well toss 'em—they're worthless! Because one industrious young (sounding) knob turner has taken care… » 4/09/13 11:20am 4/09/13 11:20am

A Gallery of Knobs and Buttons...Because They're Amazing

Completely disregard what Apple is trying to tell you: buttons are awesome, knobs are rad, and they make gadgets fun. If anything, we need more of 'em in our daily lives. Case in point? This gallery of knobs and buttons in all their glory. » 3/11/09 11:30pm 3/11/09 11:30pm

SenseSurface: Stick Real Control Knobs On a Flat-Panel Virtual Display

Touchscreens are great, but for many of us nothing beats old fashioned tactile controls. That seems to be one of the reasons why Lyndsay Williams of Girton Labs is in the process of developing SenseSurface-a system that allows users to stick working knobs to on-screen virtual controls. Apparently, the magnetic knobs… » 7/15/08 6:40pm 7/15/08 6:40pm

'80s Stereo Turned Into a HTPC

With everyone trying to slap more chrome and neon on to their custom PC creations it's nice to see someone going old school for a change. This enormous stereo form the '80s has been modded and prodded into a decently capable HTPC complete with built-in 15-in LCD, Hauppauge TV tuner, 1.83GHz Athlon XP 2500+ processor… » 10/10/07 3:00pm 10/10/07 3:00pm

Smart Drive System Takes Big Knobs in Cars To Its Logical Conclusion

With big knobs in cars that control the audio system being all the rage these days, designer Hao-Chun Huang wants to take the knob joke all the way to its logical conclusion and make a super, all-purpose metallic knob to control everything in your vehicle. » 9/10/07 6:50pm 9/10/07 6:50pm

Retractable Doorknobs Provide Turtle-like Security

This design for a retractable doorknob provides extra security for your door by recessing into the doorframe when you leave the house, thereby preventing thieves from picking your lock (there are none). But if you want to get in, you use (we're assuming) the little slot below the knob to extend the knob out so you can… » 7/30/07 6:00pm 7/30/07 6:00pm

DJ4: Two-Source Mixer Has Two Big Knobs, Doesn't Go Up to 11

For some reason, that headline sounds just wrong, but whatever. Here's the Bird Electoron DJ-4, "the passive type micro mixer of power source unnecessary." In other words: Yes, it's from Japan and yes, it's a very simple passive mixer with two mini-stereo inputs and one output. The seller for me is the two big analog… » 5/25/07 7:36am 5/25/07 7:36am

German Shift Knob LCD Makes Gadget Fans Happy

Although people who drive stick know what gear they're in by feel, this German shift knob is something we think they can get behind. It's a learning shifter, which you assign gear numbers to depending on your car's specific position. When you switch to that gear, the LCD display on the top shows you correct gear in… » 4/27/07 8:30pm 4/27/07 8:30pm