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Control panels / alt interface

Could you get an edge in custom-made interactive environment (think 📂Series about Self or 📂tinySelf ) by using all kinds of alternative physical interface?

Great article on this topic;

Control panel of a nuclear reactor

See LVR-15 research reactor near Prague for details.

What I really love about this type of control panels is how graphical they are. You can really see what is happening, and you can also control it simply by touch.

I can not tell you how many times I wished this for our backend services. One panel to see everything that is happening, all the message queues and the data flowing through them, status of all services, restart with simple touch.

I know, you can use zabbix and kibana and graphana to obtain all of this, but this metaphor is stronger, because it translates directly into intuitive undestanding.

Military terminal

I just love it.

Ultrasound machine

I was immensely impressed by this ultrasound machine:

Specifically, not by the machine itself, but by the control panel with trackball. The doctor that used it was really skillful and you could see, that this was many times more effective than just simple mouse and keyboard.

Second shot captured how she measured distance, on a zoomed in image. She was fast and precise.

Bone checker

This devices is used by doctors to check bones of little kids:

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