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Renowned 3D artist and motion designer Ben Fryc knows that time is of the essence in the world of digital creativity. Every minute spent behind a keyboard and mouse equates to potential money lost. In pursuit of a more efficient workflow, Fryc has embarked on a mission to create a groundbreaking tool that can save precious time: The Knob, also stylized as k•no•b•1.
The Knob keyboard boasts a full-size overhead render, with an eye-catching design. The upper-right ESC key and four arrow keys are highlighted in vibrant orange, contrasting beautifully with the rest of the white keycaps. Notably, two black rotary knobs are situated in the upper right-hand corner of the keyboard, serving as its distinctive feature.
In an angled full-size image, The Knob keyboard is proudly connected via USB-C. Its design remains consistent, with the orange ESC key and arrow keys, and the two black rotary knobs taking center stage.
The k•no•b•1 keyboard exudes the aura of a slightly bulkier Apple Magic Keyboard, adorned with colorful accents. The intentional increase in size is a strategic move, recognizing the preference of mechanical keyboard enthusiasts for specialty keyboards known for their audible and tactile qualities.
A close-up reveals the exposed mechanical Blue Gateron switch in the middle of the white keycaps, highlighting the keyboard’s mechanical prowess.
The Knob keyboard is designed as a low-profile mechanical marvel, featuring 78 custom-designed keycaps and clicky-loud Gateron low-profile mechanical switches. While not as flat as the Apple Magic Keyboard, its low-profile key design combined with an aluminum unibody enclosure results in a profile that pays homage to Apple’s beloved yet polarizing peripheral.
A close-up shot showcases The Knob’s pièce de résistance: a 100×310 customizable LCD screen displaying the time as “9:42, Wed, Aug 9.” This feature, reminiscent of Apple’s MacBook Touch Bar, is ideal for functions like volume or brightness adjustments, notifications, or simply displaying the time.
Right above this mini LCD display, you’ll find a pair of customizable rotary encoder knobs, ready to tackle a range of tasks, including volume control, brightness adjustment, and other precision-related inputs.
Fryc’s ergonomic considerations are evident in The Knob’s design, featuring an angled layout for enhanced typing comfort. Snap-on feet underneath the keyboard can be added for those who prefer an ergonomic slant.
As you follow the development of the k•no•b•1 keyboard on Ben Fryc’s Instagram and the Knob website, you’ll witness the transformation of this concept into a real-world product. Fryc’s vision for The Knob is poised to revolutionize the workflow of 3D artists and motion designers, shaving valuable minutes and seconds off their creative processes. The k•no•b•1 keyboard is a game-changer that promises to make a significant impact in the world of digital creativity.
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