Yes a conduit type-of-thing is actually planned and currently in the works. Might not show the full flow but gives you more of a hint. Still busy fixing bugs, working on the combat system and creating our first enemy. We might also add dolly shots to give you a clue about what you've done, if it is not easily visible.
Also we are actually adding a proper tutorial the signs were are quick-fix pre gamescom so we can let people play by their own.
For the cogs we thought about some reset mechanics. Reseting would make them easily exploitable maybe.