Engineers Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi have created Palette, and it's something to be genuinely excited about. In fact, it may be the best Kickstarter project I've seen in quite a while. Palette is a "freeform hardware interface" that offers a fully customizable set of buttons, knobs and sliders for hands-on control of your software. Yes, please.
I'm a huge fan of my MIDI board for my Lightroom processing, but the thought of taking that tactility into Photoshop takes it to another level. Yes, we have keyboard shortcuts already, but I, for one, would love a more ergonomic option of a slider or dial that isn't on my tablet.
As of this posting, Palette has already raised about one-third of its goal...in one day.
Each of the individual elements is customizable in layout and function. It's also not a fixed interface, meaning that you can use it in Lightroom or Photoshop or pretty much anything else. They also come in two finishes - brushed aluminum and wood.
Overall, I have to give it to the designers for creating a simple, elegant product. To become an early adopter, visit their Kickstarter page here.