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

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

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