Zach Nelson,Ford Engineer, designing the Haptic Feedback Shift Knob and using the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer
Zach Nelson,Ford Engineer with the test car a Shelby GT500 Mustang
The 3D printed shift knob showing the mini-USB port
The tablet computer linked to the Haptic Feedback Shift Knob via USB
LED lights indicating gear status on the Haptic Feedback Shift Knob
The 3D printed Haptic Feedback Shift Knob and internal workings
Harnessing the power of Ford’s open-source platform OpenXC, 3D printing, Bluetooth and a Xbox 360, one of the Detroit automobile manufacturer’s engineers has created a manual shift gear knob that vibrates (haptic feedback) at the optimum time for a gear change.
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