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Offline Shmozart

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Dpad implementation options
« on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 09:52:01 »
Hello everybody.

I am implementing my own keyboard. One of the features it has: dpad-like section for arrows on one side and PgUp/PgDn/Home/End on another. These buttons are to be pressed by thumb. At these point I have implemented those buttons using 6mm tactile switches, so far it doesn't feel like perfect. I am going also to test a solution using cherry mx switches, but it also feels somehow sub-optimal. Can anybody hint something on this topic?

Offline Tactile

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Re: Dpad implementation options
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 10:06:47 »
That's never going to feel right using four switches. You need a multi-directional switch. Here's a PDF data sheet of one from Alps. There are others out there but this should give you an idea.

* SKRH-1370966.pdf (432.5 kB - downloaded 7 times.)

Offline Shmozart

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Re: Dpad implementation options
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 13:42:03 »
Thanks, that looks like right thing.