Poly Keyboard Has Screens In Every Key

Susan R. Jones

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 display in each and every crucial of the keyboard.

In his extensive construct logs, [Pollak] specifics the distinct troubles he’s confronted while bringing this wonderful keyboard to existence. For instance, the OLED screens have to have glyph rendering to tackle the legends on the keys. Due to the fact the objective is correct common language support, he utilised the Adafruit-GFX Library as a starting and was ready to extend assistance to Japanese, Korean, and Arabic so far in his custom fork of QMK.

The focus to element on this make is definitely amazing. Beside the commitment to entire glyph assist, [Pollak] has measured the amount of additional power the flex cables from the OLEDs incorporate to the actuation of the keyswitches. For the Gateron yellow swap he tested, the distinction was about 62.2 g as opposed to the initial 49.7 g.

In situation you are considering you’ve witnessed other screen keyboard initiatives, [Pollak] involves a roundup of equivalent projects in his logs as nicely. This isn’t the to start with keyboard we’ve noticed listed here at Hackaday with an OLED on top rated of a keyswitch, while [Voidstar Lab]’s MiRage only has a few monitor keys that were being removed in a later iteration. If you’d like a additional traditional set display screen in your keyboard, verify out [Peng Zhihui]’s modular board with an e-ink show and haptic feedback knob.

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