Customized Macro Keyboard With RGB Lighting



From the smallest 60% keyboards for these with no desk area to keyboards with quantity pads for these doing information entry all day, there’s a keyboard dimension and form for almost everybody. The one drawback, even with the biggest keyboards, is that they’re nonetheless pretty restricted in what they’ll do. If you end up wishing for much more performance, you may need to construct one thing like this tradition macro keyboard with built-in LED backlighting.

Reasonably than go together with a regular mechanical keyboard change like a Cherry MX, this construct is predicated round TS26-2 pushbuttons with built-in LED lighting. [atkaper] solely actually wanted one button for managing the mute button on MS Groups, however nonetheless constructed a complete of eight switches into this keyboard which might all be individually programmed with totally different features. The controller is an Arduino Leonardo and the enclosure was 3D printed.

Paired with the basic IBM Mannequin M keyboard, this new macro keyboard provides loads of performance whereas additionally having management over LED backlighting. Macro keyboards are extremely helpful, particularly with their means to simply change operate with management over the software program that runs on them. The important thing to most builds is the 32U4 chip present in some Atmel microcontrollers which permits it to simply move keyboard (and mouse) performance to any laptop its plugged in to.