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.

Poly Keyboard Has Screens In Every Key

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

In his comprehensive establish logs, [Pollak] information the distinctive issues he’s faced when bringing this amazing keyboard to daily life. For case in point, the OLED screens want glyph rendering to deal with the legends on the keys. Considering that the objective is true universal language guidance, he utilized the Adafruit-GFX Library as a starting and was ready to lengthen help to Japanese, Korean, and Arabic so far in his custom fork of QMK.

The interest to detail on this create is genuinely remarkable. Beside the determination to total glyph assist, [Pollak] has measured the amount of more pressure the flex cables from the OLEDs incorporate to the actuation of the keyswitches. For the Gateron yellow switch he analyzed, the distinction was about 62.2 g compared to the first 49.7 g.

In circumstance you’re wondering you’ve observed other display screen keyboard jobs, [Pollak] features a roundup of identical jobs in his logs as properly. This is not the 1st keyboard we’ve noticed listed here at Hackaday with an OLED on top of a keyswitch, despite the fact that [Voidstar Lab]’s MiRage only has 3 display screen keys that had been eliminated in a later iteration. If you’d like a more regular preset display in your keyboard, verify out [Peng Zhihui]’s modular board with an e-ink exhibit and haptic feedback knob.

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