A handheld mechanical keyboard or macropad that's fully wirelessDesigned by BlueMicro in Canada
September 28, 2021 Update Next batch of Macropad is waiting on the Acrylic middle inserts. They have been shipped. What is it? The BlueHand was custom designed for the layout of artsey.io. This ...Read More…
September 28, 2021 Update Next batch of Macropad is waiting on the Acrylic middle inserts. They have been shipped.
The BlueHand was custom designed for the layout of artsey.io. This layout uses 8 keys as a chorded layout that allows for typing pretty much everything by pressing chords instead of single keys (a bit like steno keyboards). It's easy to pick up in your own hands and even type from inside your pockets!
I always wanted to have a small pocketable macropad that could easily be programmed for various uses (Presentations, OBS Studio scene switcher, etc) and connect wirelessly to my computer using BLE. Since it's completely enclosed using the acrylic mid-plate, it's looks quite finished and doesn't look like a maker prototype.
Since it's BLE enabled, it can be used with phones and tablets for things like easy access to Procreate shortcuts.
It's designed to be compatible with the BlueMicro840. This means that it uses the same bootloader and can be programmed using a wide range of tools going from the simple Arduino IDE, to the latest Zephyr framework (and ZMK), all the way to the complex but very powerful Nordic SDK.
Since it's a full wireless BLE keyboard, it has the following features:
The BlueHand comes pre-programmed with the BlueMicro840 bootloader and a Artsey.io layout programmed in ZMK. If you want to reprogram the BlueHand, you can start with the examples provided in the BlueMicro_BLE firmware.
Since the BlueHand is a macropad designed to be compatible with the BlueMicro840 and that the BlueMicro840 now supports CircuitPython, you can program your BlueHand with CircuitPython! To get started, get the latest download from the official CircuitPython.org site, "double-reset" the BlueHand and drop in the UF2. On rebooting, the BlueHand will show up as "CIRCUITPY" drive on your computer.
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I collate all orders on Fridays and pack them over the weekend. As such, most shipments will ship on Mondays. However, on holidays and long weekends, shipments may be delayed.
I do ship tracked to Canada and to the USA. International shipping is untracked as it is very expensive to add tracking with CanadaPost.
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