From time to time you come across a DIY project and soon start thinking of ways you can use it in your life.That’s what happened to us here The Verge When someone falls SmartKnob viewA proof-of-concept project for Slack chat by engineer Scott Bezek. At the moment, it doesn’t seem to be the type of project that most people can go out and build on their own (more on that later), but it’s available as a kit, or someone can make it a real product.
Something like a smart knob looks like this Mini nest thermostat, But Bezek programmed it to have many modes. Of course, it can also act as a rotating dial, but you can also program the motor to provide haptic feedback and resistance, giving the feeling of reaching the end point where the dial can no longer rotate. This illusion is created by software, not hardware, so there’s a lot you can do. It acts as a turnable on / off switch and can also snap back to the center after turning and releasing to simulate a ratchet step.
When my colleague and I heard about knobs, one On the verge The staff immediately suggested that it was the best way to control the temperature of the shower. Another said it would be used as a flashy scroll wheel or volume control.Personally, I thought it was the best way to dial how much food My cat feeding box Dispens.
According to Bezek Smart knob GitHub page, Devices (designed far from complete) can be built “certainly for less than $ 200 in parts”. This page contains a wealth of information about how to assemble the knobs and the parts to use, as well as the project code.Bezeq I said on Twitter Create a video detailing the SmartKnob assembly and design process.
Unfortunately, the dream of knob-controlled home automation needs to be put on hold for now. In the project FAQ, Bezek states that he “implements only enough firmware for the demo shown in the video,” and currently you can’t use knobs to control most things. Getting the parts will also be a challenge — Bezek writes, “Unfortunately, as a result of the popularity of this project, the recommended motors are no longer available for purchase.”
Barebone firmware alone, I want to build it and use it as the ultimate fidgety toy. Perhaps he could hone his skills until he finalized the design and was able to work on the advanced soldering techniques needed to actually make smart knobs by the time the parts were available. prize.
Bezek admits that Nobu is “not a mature Plug and Play project yet,” but he says he’ll continue to work, and the GitHub page also has some roadmap. He hopes to succeed in turning this into a practical real thing to make himself — a future where he can create an army of knobs to control everything in the house. Do you need to adjust the volume of your TV? Knob.I want to turn off the camera and end the zoom call by flicking I press the button?? Knob. Need to stop procrastinating writing articles? I still can’t think of how to solve it with a knob, but I guarantee I understand it.
What are smart knobs used for?