Palette – A Freeform Interface That Controls Any Software

Project launched Nov 2013 From Waterloo, Canada 
Funding ended Jan 6, 2013 Financial goal $100,000


Calvin Chu always wanted to be an inventor. That love of dreaming up crazy ideas to solve problems stuck with him and led him to the Mechatronics Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. Through his education and love for working on personal projects, Calvin learned how to design in CAD, solder electronics, use a mill, build robots, and many other hands-on skills. He worked at tech companies around the world, including Apple, Toyota and Trimble Navigation, at places like Sweden, New Zealand and the US. He really loves solving problems and making cool things. 


 PALETTE is the first FREEFORM hardware interface that offers hands-on control of your favorite software. Palette empowers you to build a physical interface customized to your personal needs. It's a hardware platform made up of a variety of modules. Each module has a single physical input, like a button, dial or a slider. You snap together modules like Lego. No coding or soldering required!

With Palette you can have a tool that is personalized, increasing your experience and productivity. It's a tactile interface that you can feel without looking, and that excites the senses.