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Analog Keyboard Project

The plan:

  • Make a custom keyboard
  • Make WASD-Keys analog (the main part of the project)
  • All the other keys “normal”
  • Custom software on PC (extended goal)

Use mechanical Cherry MX Keys for analog input without modifying them.

Use a circuit board coil to measure how far the key is pressed by measuring the inductance of the underlying coil. This should work because the Cherry MX has a metal spring inside. Also, it has been done before but without good documentation. See here

Attempt 1
I tried using a milled single-sided circuit board and a simple circuit by electronoobs for measuring the inductance of the milled coils. Didn't work tho. But I learned some stuff about PCB coils and especially single-sided coils.

Attempt 2
Here I tried designing a new circuit for the milled coils. I didn't even bother trying it out because it seems too complicated. But therefore I got into circuit-design.

Attempt 3
This has the first useable results! I made my first PCB and programmed an Arduino library. Seems very promising to me and I can feel I´m on the right track.

Attempt 4 (WIP)
This is still work in progress.

Here you can find some links, for which I could not find a place inside of the attempts. These may be used during development or just as a source of inspiration.

This project isn't documented all at once. I keep adding stuff on the go.

projects/jansonntag.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/13 14:03 by jan