It's called The Palette and it's a new Kickstarter project, which is advertised as a first of a kind hardware interface – a fully customizable external controller for editing, colour correction, sound mixing, and many other applications. It’s design is surprisingly simple: you need to plug in the Power Module to your computer using a USB port and then connect as many Control Modules as you need. These include buttons, sliders and dials. After it’s done, you need to assign functions to each module using a dedicated app.
The palette looks really promising, here’s an example setup (with wood finish):
Below you can take a look at the promo video posted at the Palette Kickstarter project page:
And some more info about the Palette’s potential:
- Works as a HID controller: control any application that already uses keyboard shortcuts (e.g. dial turns to emulate arrow keys) using the Desktop App
- Works as a MIDI controller: use your favourite audio software, out-of-the-box
- Modules are hot-swappable, physical layout changes are automatically detected on the fly
- The system remembers the function assignments of the modules and will follow the mappings even if they are disconnected and rearranged
The project is drawing attention in a rapid pace: even though it’s still a month to go, the $100 000 goal (Canadian Dollars) is nearly achieved at the moment of writing this. To find out more about Palette visit the Kickstarter project page via this link.