What is it? It's a keyboard with customizable keys that sits on top of an Arduino UNO. Why did you make it? I needed a keyboard that I could put my own letters and numbers on that was hooked up to ...Read More…
It's a keyboard with customizable keys that sits on top of an Arduino UNO.
I needed a keyboard that I could put my own letters and numbers on that was hooked up to I2C or a Serial port
It enables the user to create their own keys and to determine what output should be sent out for each key press. The keytops are transparent and detachable. You can easily print your own characters or symbols using a printer or just a pen if you want. There is code examples that show how this keyboard and another Arduino communicates over I2C. But if you prefer to use the Serial port the code will also send the key press out on the UART as soon as a key is pressed. The feeling of the keys are great, they have a long stroke with no click sound. They are medium soft in the spring loading so they feel very comfortable to punch in numbers with.
The keyswitches are fastened in a white PCB that stabilize them mechanically so the solder joints don't feel any stress. The white PCB matches the white keytops and gives the keyboard a clean appearance. The shield has a IDC10 connector with the same pinout as my other products so it is easy to connect to for example the LCD display and send its output to it.
The unused pins on the shield are accessible from an unpopulated header.
It comes in two variants. 1 Standard UNO shield. 2 UNO Shield + pre programmed UNO with micro USB connector.
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I'm a electronics technician with hardware design as my speciality and software as a side line.
My interests and expertise are wide ranging but RF and Radio technology excites me the most.
I started doing electronic design in my own company when I was fresh out of school but after a few years I
became an IT Manager and have been working in the Computer industry for 30+ years at large International Software companies.
So now I'm finally going back to my roots by designing hardware for myself and for the public.
I take on custom jobs if I can fit them in.
My products are aimed to people that want to have an electronics piece to fit in to their project without to much hassle.
I try therefore to have my products pre-programmed and ready to use.
They are for the most part open in hardware and software so you can change them and tweak them.