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by TheBug
21 Sep 2020, 23:24
Forum: Vendors
Topic: 4 x 5 keyboard PCB with controller, intro offer
Replies: 1
Views: 105

4 x 5 keyboard PCB with controller, intro offer

We have just started shipping our KW28EVAL evaluation board for our KeyWarrior28 keyboard controller. The board has space for up to 20 MX-style keys in a 4 x 5 arrangement plus connections for the lock LEDs and three additional keys (keys not included). USB cable can be soldered to the board. We do ...
by TheBug
03 Sep 2020, 14:22
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Input device controllers - special offer!
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Input device controllers - special offer!

Several of our controller modules are on sale. All the remaining stock of models that have been replaced by our new generation controllers are available at up 63% rebate. So if you are looking for a joystick or mouse controller electronics for your custom built, check this out: https://shop.codemerc...
by TheBug
02 Sep 2020, 16:21
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many keyboards is enough?!
Replies: 26
Views: 4065

Re: How many keyboards is enough?!

The number of any things of which a man might want more than one is limited by the WAF (Woman Acceptance Factor).
Unfortunately this value can vary a lot and is not necessarily stable.
by TheBug
02 Sep 2020, 16:16
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1780
Views: 218819

Re: Post your desktop.

What do you mean "clean your desk"?

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by TheBug
19 Jul 2020, 23:14
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 21
Views: 2569

Re: Going big…

Why not the eight-way arrow block as seen on the FK-9000, some Omnikeys, the Gateway 2000 Anykey, etc? Maybe even extend it 16-ways so we can finally have a "south by southwest" key (macro: down, down, left) Also, after looking at way too much stereo equipment of a certain vintage, a prominent "QUA...
by TheBug
18 Jul 2020, 16:28
Forum: Vendors
Topic: The mother of keyboard controllers - Up to 384 keys
Replies: 2
Views: 1454

Re: The mother of keyboard controllers - Up to 384 keys

The KeyWarrior100 chip would not fit onto a board with the footprint of a Teensy, the LQFP100 package is simply too big. Also you would have to drop almost all functionality, it has about 80 signals. But all the lines for the key matrix are on the connector to the left of the eval board, it is not t...
by TheBug
17 Jul 2020, 23:17
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 21
Views: 2569

Re: Going big…

Is it hard to type over all those keys to reach the alphanumeric block? Actually it is beyond impractical :lol: This is not a layout for working with it, it is just a test setup. Though I have gotten requests from people who would like to have such a sea of keys to control stuff, like music product...
by TheBug
17 Jul 2020, 23:05
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 21
Views: 2569

Re: Going big…

Redmaus wrote:
17 Jul 2020, 23:04
122 is the ideal number of keys
I like my 384 keys!
by TheBug
17 Jul 2020, 23:05
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 21
Views: 2569

Re: Going big…

Welcome to the club :lol: https://deskthority.net/download/file.php?id=53838 THERE IS A CLUB? Why did nobody tell me about the club? :lol: Yes, some applications need lots of keys and since we did not want to make a whole zoo of controllers (had that before, 25 variants…) we just did one that shoul...
by TheBug
17 Jul 2020, 23:01
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 21
Views: 2569

Re: Going big…

You mean you built that keyboard just to test your keyboard controller? Actually I do keyboard controllers (and other peripherals) as a business. Our latest controller has a 24 x 16 matrix. The design target was to put as many options into the controller as possible. They get used in industrial and...
by TheBug
17 Jul 2020, 16:00
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 21
Views: 2569

Going big…

when you make a keyboard controller that can handle a lot of keys, you need a lot of keys, so we built this monster…
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by TheBug
15 Jul 2020, 20:52
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Wood…
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Re: Wood…

They did use CNC milling, but I have no idea how they treated it. These things did cost quite a bit, but the quality is really superb.
by TheBug
14 Jul 2020, 16:50
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Wood…
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Re: Wood…

I did not make this myself, I supplied the electronics and that was my free sample :) So I was not questioning the choice of the wood. I have used that keyboard for a while on my Mac but ADB is a long gone interface. Could not convince myself to gut this unit and convert it to USB, so today it is ju...
by TheBug
13 Jul 2020, 16:21
Forum: Vendors
Topic: The mother of keyboard controllers - Up to 384 keys
Replies: 2
Views: 1454

The mother of keyboard controllers - Up to 384 keys

KeyWarrior100 is a keyboard/mouse combo controller with a load of features. Matrix size up to 24 x 16, 240 macros with up to 31 keycodes each, locking and sticky modifier keys, three key tables that can be selected by two FN keys, eight programmable lock-LED outputs, 2 analog and 3 PWM outputs i.e. ...
by TheBug
10 Jul 2020, 14:34
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Wood…
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Wood…

Made from a single piece of beech wood. Key caps are at the positions where they were in the original piece. Cherry keyboard underneath with internal PS/2 to ADB converter (Mac version…). The power key actually powers on the computer (if it has a native ADB port…) by signalling to the power supply t...
by TheBug
08 Jul 2020, 16:39
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Ready to use Keyboard controller for up to 8 x 8 keys
Replies: 0
Views: 1255

Ready to use Keyboard controller for up to 8 x 8 keys

If you want to skip the step of programming the firmware for your keyboard, here is the right solution for keyboards with up to 64 keys in a 8 x 8 matrix. KeyWarrior28 is an industry grade keyboard controller made by Code Mercenaries, it is based on 22+ years experience in the keyboard business. The...
by TheBug
08 Jul 2020, 15:06
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Keyboard - not the usual…
Replies: 0
Views: 1471

Keyboard - not the usual…

Technically this is a keyboard. IMG_2075.jpg Since MAME does use keys for many of the game controls and many of the classic arcade games had only buttons or digital sticks the easiest way to make it work was to drop in a keyboard controller. The stick and buttons generate the proper keys that are se...
by TheBug
03 Jul 2020, 17:29
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Rs232 trackball keyboard to USB
Replies: 4
Views: 1530

Re: Rs232 trackball keyboard to USB

You are probably better off modifying the trackball to become USB native. Kick out the old stuff and put in a USB controller.

Serial really sucks for mouse functions as it is too slow.
by TheBug
29 Jun 2020, 15:55
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1780
Views: 218819

Re: Post your desktop.

I am sure there is a desk somewhere…
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by TheBug
23 Jun 2020, 23:52
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another one from the archive…
Replies: 9
Views: 2599

Re: Another one from the archive…

Found this one in our store. We had nothing to do with this one, just got it as a reference unit for some project.

So this one is an actual shorthand keyboard. But I have no idea how to use it…
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by TheBug
22 Jun 2020, 21:12
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another one from the archive…
Replies: 9
Views: 2599

Re: Another one from the archive…

This one had nothing to do with Siemens :)

The idea here was to type syllables, the position of the key blocks is somewhat related to the position of the letter in the syllable. The algorithm turning this into useful words was the part that got a patent.
by TheBug
22 Jun 2020, 16:45
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Short introduction: Code Mercenaries GmbH
Replies: 0
Views: 1908

Short introduction: Code Mercenaries GmbH

Please let me give you a short introduction to Code Mercenaries GmbH The company was founded in 1998 on the assumption that the USB would transform the input device market (which turned out to be quite correct). The idea was to provide chip level solutions for input devices to allow manufacturers of...
by TheBug
22 Jun 2020, 16:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another one from the archive…
Replies: 9
Views: 2599

Re: Another one from the archive…

OK, here is the full device. The name of the project was COSSMA (COmputer SchnellSchreibMAschine - Computer fast typewriter). It is a keyboard for chorded entry, where you type a complete syllable in one action. It was supposed to allow really fast typing way in excess of normal keyboards. And it ac...
by TheBug
21 Jun 2020, 23:24
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another one from the archive…
Replies: 9
Views: 2599

Re: Another one from the archive…

It is not just an ergo keyboard…
by TheBug
19 Jun 2020, 15:22
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another one from the archive…
Replies: 9
Views: 2599

Another one from the archive…

Let's see if anybody has an idea what this was for.
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by TheBug
19 Jun 2020, 12:46
Forum: Gallery
Topic: From the archive…
Replies: 0
Views: 1839

From the archive…

Old project, we did make the controller chips for those.
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by TheBug
18 Jun 2020, 17:41
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Military grade keyboard…
Replies: 4
Views: 2310

Re: Military grade keyboard…

It has no redundancy in it, just ruggedness, so it survives rough handling. You can literally drive a nail with it.

This thing was made by a customer of ours, if I remember it correct the price tag was just not three digits any more (direction upwards…).
by TheBug
18 Jun 2020, 13:39
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Any Open Source Controllers out there?
Replies: 11
Views: 4243

Re: Any Open Source Controllers out there?

What you said about the USB HID protocol and the buttons is interesting. I didn't know that. Thanks! I need to look into how I can make it so software can recognize the buttons as specific controller ones (although maybe that is not needed?). USB specifies a lot of detailed "usages" for control ele...
by TheBug
18 Jun 2020, 13:33
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Ch MVP Trackball
Replies: 32
Views: 6287

Re: Ch MVP Trackball

This definitely should be the Sun version of the Trackball Pro. I used to make all the ADB controller chips for CH Products and they definitely had a Sun version of the trackball. Apple never supported a serial mouse. At the time they switched to mini-DIN-8 for the serial port they also switched to ...
by TheBug
18 Jun 2020, 13:14
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Military grade keyboard…
Replies: 4
Views: 2310

Military grade keyboard…

Not the best typing feeling, though it will not mind if you empty your coffee mug into it and then use a pressure washer to clean it.

Keycaps and frame are made of steel.
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