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 in between languages. [Thomas Pollak]’s Poly Keyboard circumvents this trouble by placing a display screen in every single key of the keyboard.

In his extensive make logs, [Pollak] aspects the diverse challenges he’s faced though bringing this awesome keyboard to lifestyle. For case in point, the OLED screens require glyph rendering to manage the legends on the keys. Considering the fact that the objective is genuine universal language support, he used the Adafruit-GFX Library as a commencing and was ready to prolong support to Japanese, Korean, and Arabic so significantly in his tailor made fork of QMK.

The notice to element on this construct is really impressive. Beside the devotion to entire glyph support, [Pollak] has measured the amount of extra force the flex cables from the OLEDs include to the actuation of the keyswitches. For the Gateron yellow change he tested, the big difference was about 62.2 g as opposed to the initial 49.7 g.

In situation you are imagining you have seen other display keyboard tasks, [Pollak] involves a roundup of similar assignments in his logs as perfectly. This isn’t the very first keyboard we’ve observed right here at Hackaday with an OLED on major of a keyswitch, while [Voidstar Lab]’s MiRage only has 3 screen keys that ended up removed in a afterwards iteration. If you’d like a a lot more conventional fastened display 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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