Poly Keyboard Has Screens In Every Key

A left-hand side unit of a split keyboard. The keys are black with RGB lighting and the key legends are displayed on small OLED screens in each key.

Aspiring polyglots can be stymied by differing keyboard layouts and character sets when switching between languages. [Thomas Pollak]’s Poly Keyboard circumvents this issue by placing a screen in each and every important of the keyboard.

In his intensive make logs, [Pollak] aspects the distinct issues he’s faced even though bringing this astounding keyboard to lifetime. For case in point, the OLED screens require glyph rendering to handle the legends on the keys. Considering the fact that the purpose is genuine common language support, he utilized the Adafruit-GFX Library as a beginning and was equipped to increase support to Japanese, Korean, and Arabic so considerably in his tailor made fork of QMK.

The awareness to element on this build is actually outstanding. Beside the perseverance to whole glyph assistance, [Pollak] has calculated the quantity of additional drive the flex cables from the OLEDs add to the actuation of the keyswitches. For the Gateron yellow switch he examined, the variation was about 62.2 g compared to the initial 49.7 g.

In circumstance you are wondering you have noticed other display screen keyboard projects, [Pollak] consists of a roundup of related assignments in his logs as well. This isn’t the to start with keyboard we’ve witnessed here at Hackaday with an OLED on prime of a keyswitch, while [Voidstar Lab]’s MiRage only has three screen keys that were being eradicated in a afterwards iteration. If you’d like a more typical set screen in your keyboard, check out out [Peng Zhihui]’s modular board with an e-ink display and haptic responses knob.

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