Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Things I Like about my Countryman :: #005 MINI Connected Controls
Motions of control is very intuitive. Nicely weighted ticks through the rotation and weighted up/down, left/right motion provide nice feedback that makes navigating/scrolling a breeze without having to take your eyes off the road. (note.. I am addressing only the physical interface, not GUI of MINI Connected) Its well weighted feedback also provides a great sense of craftsmanship and quality.
The design of the joystick itself is also a definite worthy of mention as it totally resembles the cap of Chartpak Ad markers us designers love to use. I certainly believe the interior designer responsible for the joystick uses Ad markers at the MINI studio and used the cap design as an inspiration for his own creation. Its construction and material used, however, is far beyond the cap of a marker that costs couple bucks. Chrome plated surface is complemented by black rings on the top and bottom of the cut off cone shaped joystick and finished off nicely with a red orange circle on the top.
[ image source :: robertsdonovan.com ]