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Old Sat, Jul-27-2013, 08:07:24 PM   #1
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Ford engineer builds vibrating shift knob using 3D printer and an Xbox 360 controller

You're not going to find it in the next car you drive off the lot, but a Ford engineer has developed a fairly novel approach to making a manual transmission a bit easier to adjust to: a vibrating shifter knob. As he explains in the video after the break, Zach Nelson first turned to an Xbox 360 controller for the necessary vibrating mechanism, which he then stuffed into a 3D-printed knob along with an Arduino controller and an LED display.

When fully assembled, the knob is able to communicate with the vehicle's on-board diagnostic system using Ford's open source OpenXC software platform, and vibrate to let you know when you need to shift gears. As Wired notes, the knob can even be used by more experienced drivers to pinpoint exactly when to shift to get either the most performance or the best fuel economy. We also expect a booming business in custom shifter designs to start any minute now.
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Sweet, hopefully they add some sweet flashing LED's at the shift points as well. I don't need a computer to tell me when to shift...that's defeats the entire purpose of a MT...
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If it tells you when optimum shift times are for both performance and economy, I think it's very cool.
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Well, I never...

Call me old school, but I can kind of tell when I need to shift based on the engine sound, local traffic, sense of urgency, need for a doughnut, etc.

I'm not really sure how the car can get all that, but ok.

I think it would probably be something I'd switch off immediately.

Kind of like Siri.
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Women will love this!

On a more serious note, I agree with the guy above me. I know my car well enough to know when to shift given the circumstances. It's a nice marketing gimmick though.

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Sweet, hopefully they add some sweet flashing LED's at the shift points as well. I don't need a computer to tell me when to shift...that's defeats the entire purpose of a MT...


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Good for women I guess
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Good for women I guess
Wet clutch autos are for women. I see nothing wrong with a trans that tells you your optimum shift points for economy or max power.

Bunch of fukn luddites ITT. Are you guys for or against disc brakes?
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