When engineers Calvin and Ashish got in touch with us to tell us about their upcoming Palette interface, we immediately got excited. That’s because a lot of people have thought up ways to speed up your post-processing workflow with everything from video game controllers to MIDI controllers, but none of them hold a candle to Palette’s potential.
That’s because Palette is an entirely freeform and 100% customizable hardware interface that allows you to create exactly the controller you want, and then quickly and easily tailor it to work with whatever software you prefer using.
Here’s a quick intro to Palette:
As you can see, whether you’re using Photoshop, Lightroom, or any of the other supported programs, it really doesn’t matter. You simply connect the Power Module to one of your computer’s USB ports and begin building your specific interface from there.
Use sliders, buttons and dials to create the tactile editing experience that suits you best, and then assign functions to each of them using the Palette desktop app. Our of the box Palette will support the entire Adobe Creative Suite, as well as basic web apps like Spotify and Google Maps.
The idea behind Palette is solid, now comes the funding. The duo literally JUST launched a Kickstarter campaign (yes, we timed this article to coincide with the release) with the goal of reaching 100,000 CAD goal (~95,000 USD) in the next 45 days.
Pledge levels range from the starter kit (1 power module, 1 slider, 1 button and 1 dial) for 100 CAD (~95 USD), to the apprentice kit (1 power module, 1 slider, 2 buttons and 2 dials) for 150 CAD (~143 USD), to the professional kit (1 power module, 6 sliders, 4 buttons and 5 dials) for 400 CAD (~380 USD).
Those prices are for the matte aluminum versions, there are also limited edition cherry wood versions that go for more.
Obviously there’s no telling at this point whether or not Palette will make its goal, but we see a lot of potential here. So if you’re interested head over to their Kickstarter page and put your pledge down.
And, since you’re some of the first to hear about it, the first 100 can take advantage of the Early Bird specials and get either the starter kit or the apprentice kit for the discounted price of 90 and 140 CAD (~85 and 133 USD), respectively. Estimated delivery is set for June 2014.