December 6, 2022

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Poly Keyboard Has Screens In Every Key

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

In his intensive create logs, [Pollak] information the unique worries he’s confronted whilst bringing this wonderful keyboard to lifetime. For instance, the OLED screens need glyph rendering to manage the legends on the keys. Considering the fact that the goal is real universal language help, he utilised the Adafruit-GFX Library as a starting and was ready to prolong assistance to Japanese, Korean, and Arabic so significantly in his tailor made fork of QMK.

The consideration to depth on this establish is genuinely impressive. Beside the commitment to comprehensive glyph guidance, [Pollak] has measured the total of additional drive the flex cables from the OLEDs increase to the actuation of the keyswitches. For the Gateron yellow change he tested, the distinction was about 62.2 g as opposed to the initial 49.7 g.

In circumstance you’re wondering you’ve noticed other screen keyboard projects, [Pollak] incorporates a roundup of comparable initiatives in his logs as properly. This is not the to start with keyboard we’ve noticed right here at Hackaday with an OLED on best of a keyswitch, whilst [Voidstar Lab]’s MiRage only has a few display keys that were being removed in a afterwards iteration. If you’d like a much more conventional set display screen in your keyboard, check out [Peng Zhihui]’s modular board with an e-ink exhibit and haptic feed-back knob.