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Offline Mikecase00

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Does this exist?
« on: Mon, 10 June 2019, 22:10:16 »
Been a long time since I've hung out here, but recently had a question that's pulled me back to Geekhack for an answer...  Does anyone know of add on USB function keys available for sale?  I've seen lots of add on number pads, but I'm looking for something smaller, 4 keys or less.

In a perfect world, I'd find a single USB supported buckling spring key in a nice single key frame to match my Model M Space saver.  I'm guessing that's not available in the market.  I'd settle for a 4-key USB add-on with Cherry or similar mechanical switches.

Anything like that out there?

Thanks!
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Offline Leslieann

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Re: Does this exist?
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 10 June 2019, 22:36:40 »
There have been a few, but other than the 6key from Techkeys I think most were very small batches.

That said,
Why not make it yourself, it would not be hard to hand wire two to four 4 switches to an Arduino pro, the wiring is pretty stupid simple and total cost for all of this is maybe $20.
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Offline Mikecase00

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Re: Does this exist?
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 10 June 2019, 22:48:41 »
I've certainly considered the home brew route, I just don't have time for that these days and thought I'd check here first.  Is there a place you can buy single cherry MX switches?
IBM Model M 1391401 (dyed black) w/ keys from M-13
IBM M-13 Trackpoint (naturally black)
IBM Model M 1392934 SpaceSaver
Several plain IBM 1391401 Ms
Epson Equity Q203A
http://www.mikecase.net

Offline Mikecase00

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Re: Does this exist?
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 10 June 2019, 22:52:05 »
The 6key keyboard is pretty close, great tip!
IBM Model M 1391401 (dyed black) w/ keys from M-13
IBM M-13 Trackpoint (naturally black)
IBM Model M 1392934 SpaceSaver
Several plain IBM 1391401 Ms
Epson Equity Q203A
http://www.mikecase.net

Offline Leslieann

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Re: Does this exist?
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 11 June 2019, 03:07:47 »
Novelkeys sells in small quantities, I'm sure there are others.
It's often cheaper to buy 10 than to buy 2.
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Re: Does this exist?
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 13 June 2019, 12:32:08 »
Novelkeys sells in small quantities, I'm sure there are others.
It's often cheaper to buy 10 than to buy 2.

And plus, if you need more you'll get what you need

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Re: Does this exist?
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 18 July 2019, 07:18:26 »
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Re: Does this exist?
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 23 March 2020, 05:36:22 »
I've certainly considered the home brew route, I just don't have time for that these days and thought I'd check here first.  Is there a place you can buy single cherry MX switches?


Mechanicalkeyboards.com sells individual Cherry MX switches.
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