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Do You Remember The Knob On The Old Radio?

Pulished on Sep. 05, 2019

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After the mechanical sense, I used a variety of minimalist products, I suddenly felt a trace of this word. Sometimes, the words mechanical mean a feeling of timelessness. For example, mechanical watches generally do not have quartz gauges, but they are undoubtedly more valuable for collections. For example, mechanical keyboards are older than membrane keyboards, but still provide good hand and life that the latter cannot have. Complex mechanical structures often mean more difficult designs and higher costs, or more space. Once there is a cheaper, more versatile and simpler solution, the original mechanical structure will be difficult to sustain in the face of popular demand. Take the volume knob on the radio or the old TV as an example. This is an excellent human-computer interaction solution. But later, the volume knob was gradually replaced by the buttons in the upper and lower directions. Behind the volume knob is a mechanical variable resistor that, when you turn them, changes the amount of power output to the speaker smoothly and accordingly. However, software development is getting faster and faster. Even if the mechanical variable resistor can be more miniaturized, it can't escape the fate of being replaced by a large scale. It is not that it is not easy to use, but the cost of the software solution is lower.


Zinc Alloy Knob

Zinc Alloy Knob


In 1999, audio engineer Tom Dewester built a radio that only interacted with the knobs, which was undoubtedly anti-trend at the time. People at that time used to use buttons and displays, just as people are used to using touch screens.


Today, Audio Knob still exist on different devices. For example, high-end audio equipment, or Leica cameras, but often such equipment is not cheap, and is small.


Many people think that it is a pity to replace the knob. Just as we are amazed that Apple's Taptic Engine “can almost deceive your hand and provide a real sense of sham”, we always use an “almost”.


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