Japanese shop BreadBoardManiac has come up with a more affordable alternative to Art Lebedev’s Mini Six programmable keyboard. It’s called the Trickey, a swappable and modular keyboard. You’ll have to print or draw the keys’ legends though.
Now that Android is in everything from smartphones to cars, its users can enjoy their games and other apps in more places than ever before. But if Mad Catz is to be believed, you’ll only need one controller for all of your Android devices.
Last year we featured Maxim Mezentsev and Aleksander Suhih’s concept for a keyboard with E-ink screens on each key. The idea is for the each key to display a set of shortcuts, similar to Art Lebedev’s Optimus keyboards.
Hacker Jeroen Domburg recently bought a LED-backlit computer keyboard, specifically the Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid-I. When Jeroen showed off his new keyboard to his coworkers, one of them joked that he could play the classic mobile game Snake on it.
Here’s a perfect Holiday gift for the Twitter addict. DJ and journalist Ben Gomori is raising funds on Kickstarter for the HashKey, a USB keyboard that only has a hash key. I bet Facebook is envious no one’s come up with an actual Like button.
When Chris Dimino unveiled his Typewriter Waffle Maker a few years ago the Internet begged him to make more of them to sell. Challenge accepted. Chris is now raising funds on Kickstarter for a more functional version of his art piece, which he simply calls The Keyboard Waffle Iron.
A new type of third-party keyboard for iOS devices let you translate text while you type. At least one keyboard, Slated, uses Google Translate, so don’t expect the translation to be perfect. But it can be still extremely convenient for both business and personal purposes.
I have seen some strange keyboards over the years from gaming units that allow you to replace the entire key tops with keys specifically for certain games to keyboard with no letters printed on them. A new custom keyboard has turned up that is stranger than all of those.
Last year we saw a hack that used a guitar as a computer keyboard. If you thought that was tedious, check out Bless’ workoutcomputer. The fashion and design studio made the installation 4 years ago alongside their winter collection, which included boxing glove-inspired mittens.
Most gamers are madly in love with mechanical keyboards, to the point where their prices have inflated drastically over the years. Personally, I like my keys to have a short throw, so I’m all about the chiclets, but if you love that audible “click” that you get from your MX Cherrys, I’m not going to knock it.
If you’re looking for a way to customize your computer keyboard, check out HolyOOPS. Based in China, HolyOOPS makes CNC-machined keycaps out of aluminum or titanium. They feature symbols or characters from anime, comics and at least one TV series.
EditorsKeys specializes in computer keyboards that have command shortcut guides for video or audio editing software printed on the keys. Since many of its clients work in dimly lit rooms, the company is developing backlit versions of its keyboards.
You’ve seen the Keyboard Cat meme. Now it’s time for your own feline friend to take center stage by being your resident keyboard cat with this Cat Keyboard Scratcher. As the name implies, it’s a cardboard scratcher for your cat that’s designed to look like a keyboard.
Until now, touchscreen device makers still have not properly addressed their products’ lack of tactile feedback. If Microsoft senior researcher Hong Tan her way, in the future touchscreen-equipped devices will let us feel clicks and more.