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It's so nice when a button, a switch, a knob is solidly made and enjoyable to manipulate. I think most people enjoy simple tactile pleasures like this, even if they don't consciously notice, but the past decade or so has been a tactile desert of touchscreens, dodgy laptop keyboards, and mushy unresponsive TV remote buttons.
How do we get a tactile renaissance going?

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@jplebreton I legit miss the satisfaction of dialing a zero on a rotary phone enough that I actually stop and think about it sometimes.

More constructively, who is doing a good job of this these days? Name a physical control in your daily life that's satisfying to operate.

@jplebreton my moped throttle after installing a Dellarto PHBG carburetor. I can feel the difference between it, the terrible knockoff i had on it before, and the ancient Bing carb that it came with

@jplebreton Have you ever handled an OP1 by Teenage Engineering? Tactile Perfection.

@foozmeat I haven't; haven't really jumped into the whole synthesizer world, but they seem incredible!

@jplebreton It feels like the only companies today that pride themselves in satisfying tactile feedback are mechanical keyboard makers. But game consoles also have nice-feeling buttons and knobs (even if they don’t make any satisfying sounds).

@jplebreton It's hard for me to think of an example that doesn't involve gaming peripherals, which feel like cheating.

Indicator stalks are generally pretty satisfying, though.

@jplebreton Mechanical keyboards are a modern example of good tactility.

Mice provide an excellent sense of mastery but they're not like...satisfying in a tactile way.

@jplebreton I think tactile stuff is a big reason why manual transmissions make for that much better experiences in driving. I'm glad I have to deal with them.

It's really too bad that the All Consuming Consumerist Need for Convenience destroyed the market for those in North America. I loathe the search for another MT car if my current one ever breaks before I can be free of personal vehicles.

@jplebreton Lastly...I enjoy snipping/trimming parts off of sprues and carving the larger remaining parts of the sprue off of the model bits, but I don't know if carving is an example of what you're looking for.

@jplebreton I like my drum machine and I used to like the G2 Android phone with a keyboard. I dislike the mushy pads of the time clock at work.

@jplebreton lucky for me i use cassette players from the 70s and 80s daily so -_- the only other thing i can think of is zippo lighters, which doesn't really count i guess

@jplebreton i wish i could somehow transmit through the internet the feeling of especially the play and stop buttons on this akai tape deck... it could make you cry if you dwelled on it too much i swear...

@wobbegongs @jplebreton I remember a mate who used to judge the quality of a tape deck by how smooth the eject was :)

I know what you mean though, I remember our first VHS, lasted about 15years. Don't have anything now that isn't cheap plastic.

@tamtoucan @jplebreton hehe my akai deck sometimes sproings the tape right out of itself on eject... it has a big metal plate you put the tape on and then push them both down, *clunk* into place..

@tamtoucan @jplebreton @wobbegongs Soft eject systems are a joy to behold and indeed use - I miss such tactile delights.

@jplebreton the knobs on my cooker have a very satisfying resistance and step click to them. Shame about the mushy timer buttons on it though...

@jplebreton I don't like tassimo coffee makers, but they have a satisfying clicky button with a three colour LED for feedback I liked

@jplebreton i got a mechanical keyboard for xmas this year and i am feeling this hard. it's incredible and i kind of hate going to work now because it means going back to the cheap keyboards i used to use everywhere

the tactile thing i probably miss the most though is physical keys on phones. i kept my physical keys as long as i could with one of these bad boys but eventually got pulled into the smartphone world and lost that keyboard as well as my ability to flawlessly text under any circumstances/influences witches.town/media/mXdK7GipMLU

@jplebreton @pixelpaperyarn The really strange thing is we do have deliberately satisfying tactile objects — but they're fidget cubes and the like, they don't actually DO anything. I can't think of much that's both.

@jplebreton just blind about 50% of the western world and suddenly a lot more people will care about tactility.