Just Like In A Spaceship!: Guy Builds Awesome Overhead Control Panel For Computer Shortcuts

August 21, 2015

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This is the beautiful overhead computer control panel built by Redditor smashcuts. It has over 100 programmable buttons and switches that control different computer functions. I must have one. I don't even care what all the buttons and switches do, I just want to push them all. If there is a button, I will push it. If I was part of some psychological experiment where they leave me in a room with a bright red button that says 'DO NOT PUSH' I will have already pushed it at least a dozen times and taken a selfie licking it before the experimenter even leaves the room.

Hit the jump to see closeups of all the panels, as well as explanations of what they control. Gif video of the system in operation HERE.

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I wanted the background for this panel to look half-Tron, half-Luke's targeting computer.

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The green section turns on the different programs I run most often. The top row triggers Chrome, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and iTunes.

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These two panels trigger keyboard shortcuts for Premiere (top) and Photoshop (bottom). I didn't want to tie the panel into a specific apps, so the names are slightly changed. 'Disenhance' is 'Blur'

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Center panel controls all my main OS shortcuts. Open, Save, Close, etc

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The iTunes controller. 'More Rock' and 'Less Rock' control volume. The bottom four activate iTunes playlists.

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Some panels are more for aesthetic purposes...

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The top four switches control the control panel (brightness, backlight, ect) Bottom controls the panel's AI mastermind override (currently broken).


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Weapons systems. These play funny sound effects.

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Stress management. Don't Panic cues a Hitchhikers Guide youTube video, Serenity Now cues a Firefly clip, Hold Steady plays my favorite band. And the big red panic button: DOES THIS

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Buttons on the bottom type different levels of laughter into open chat windows. Very useful.

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Thanks to Dougie, who glued a broken keyboard to the ceiling above his bunk bed. WHY, DOUGIE? WHY DID YOU DO THAT?

  • BriteSkittle

    This. Is. So. Cool. If he wasn't getting any ass he'll be getting it now with this set up. How HOT would that be?? ;)

  • Neros_downfall

    If only he put that much effort into getting laid

  • n11

    He likely GETS laid under that thing!

    But thanks for your stereotypical comment.

  • MadMonkey

    by his Fleshlight

  • Richard H Sanford

    So he has to reach up over his computer monitor every time he wants to flick a switch top open something? It's cool, but how is that more convenient than double-clicking an icon on the desktop?

    Or is that not the point?

  • Christopher Jacobs

    You guys are missing the entire point... geese.

  • Robin Manford

    No, I don't think geese had anything to do with the production or use of this control panel.

  • Michael Knight

    my thoughts exactly.
    sure it looks pretty cool, but productivity would go in the toilet.

  • dougfunnay

    this guy spent how long building a control panel that can do what a few mouse clicks can do in literally a couple seconds?
    productivity went in the toilet a long loooong time ago
    but that control panel looks like its from a galaxy far away so thats forgiven

  • Meh

    I can totally imagine him feeling proud. Well done.

  • Christopher Jacobs

    Absolutely!! Well done!!

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