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CHAPTER 2

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Mechanical Controls

At First, Mechanical Controls Were Nowhere 16

Then They Were Everywhere 17

For a While, Mechanical Controls Started Disappearing 21

Now They Coexist with Other Interfaces 24

Mechanical Controls Are Used to Evoke Moods 26

Mechanical Controls: Will We Come Full Circle? 27

Science fiction is always rooted in the present, and it almost always reflects contemporary paradigms. This phenomenon is no more apparent than when looking at the common mechanical controls used to interact with devices—mechanical interfaces. As we’ll see, buttons, knobs, and switches have been a mainstay of interface controls, both in reality and ...

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