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looking for mini customizable keypad
« on: September 27, 2012, 11:58:48 am »
I need a small keypad with a few buttons on it from the standard keyboard like esc, ctrl, alt, del ect, does such a thing exist or am I quicker ripping a controller out of a keyboard and making my own pad ?
 

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Re: looking for mini customizable keypad
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 12:35:15 pm »
I am in the process of building one. It is quite easy using Arduino to mimic a usb keyboard.
All you need is an Arduino Mini and a few pushbuttons.

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Re: looking for mini customizable keypad
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 12:36:21 pm »
These ones can be programmed for whatever functions you require and have a built in OLED display.  Not the cheapest option (they sell a 102 key keyboard for around $1600!)

This place has some good customisable keyboards. Not the cheapest way to go but good quality.

There are also arcade game USB interfaces, you just provide the switches.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2012, 12:41:00 pm by GeoffS »
 

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Re: looking for mini customizable keypad
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2012, 12:39:01 pm »
buy a dollar store number pad, throw in your own controller and add your own labels
 

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Re: looking for mini customizable keypad
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012, 12:58:46 pm »
I am in the process of building one. It is quite easy using Arduino to mimic a usb keyboard.
All you need is an Arduino Mini and a few pushbuttons.

Regards

So how does that work, I have a 3D mouse but got the cheap one (£100 !!!) with only 2 buttons. Now I want to put it in a nice wood base and incorporate more buttons. what sort of software do I need for the arduino as I'm a programming noob ?
 

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Re: looking for mini customizable keypad
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2012, 01:13:21 pm »
Simon, the software is fairly painless to learn(i managed to learn it ).
All i think you will need is an Arduino Mini board and a few push buttons. The programming software is all free and the boards are programmed via a USB cable.

I am thinking Arduino because the programming software comes with a USB Mouse/Keyboard Library out of the box. This saves you hand coding all the USB stuff.

I would maybe start with this board for this project.
http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardLeonardo

Software wise, this is the Library to look at.
http://arduino.cc/en/Reference/MouseKeyboard

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« Last Edit: September 27, 2012, 01:19:24 pm by PeterG »
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Re: looking for mini customizable keypad
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012, 04:41:30 pm »
yes that is what I meant, are there libraries available to emulate the keyboard.
 


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