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What is Project Ravello?
« on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 17:44:45 »
Project Ravello is a 4 button keyboard that is programmable to the layman


70625-070627-1


Specs:
  • ATMEGA16u2 Chip
  • 7x24 LED Matrix
  • 4 Cherry MX Switches
  • Onboard "Program" pushbutton
  • 6 Expansion Ports
  • Mini USB Connector
Operation:
Upon plugging in the card will scroll the TechKeys robot logo, and then go to the default screen.  Upon holding the program button for 1 second, the card will request you to select a key to program.  After selecting a key, the user may through the alphabet using up and down and commit or delete a character by pressing left or right.  The program button may be tapped to flip from lower case, upper case, number/symbol, and special characters.  When the macro is complete, pressing and holding program button for 1 second returns to the main screen.  Upon pressing the programmed key, the macro will be outputted to the connected PC.


Easter Eggs:
There will be easter eggs in the firmware ranging from Techkeys Coupon Codes to a full game of Tetris.


Storage:
The firmware leverages the chips EEPROM storage so that all programmed macros, will persist even after the card is unplugged and plugged back in.


Firmware:
The firmware will be open source, and users are encouraged to enhance or write their own software for the card.  Graphic functions exist for drawing characters, pixels, boxes, and even graphics (Linux script will convert a png to hex)


Ideas:
  • Persistence of Motion
  • Clock / Alarm / Timer
  • Media Controller
  • GAMES
« Last Edit: Sat, 12 July 2014, 17:54:15 by i3oilermaker »

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 17:48:35 »
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 17:50:48 »
Fun toy. Thanks for both the skype presentation and this post.
My wife I a also push her button . But now she have her button push by a different men. So I buy a keyboard a mechanicale, she a reliable like a Fiat.

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 17:50:53 »
gibs
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 18:36:56 »
Sweet! My own personal snake machine!
How could someone mess with the pcb to add a battery without ruining the usb?
« Last Edit: Sat, 12 July 2014, 18:38:48 by FrostyToast »
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 18:48:16 »
Would a usb power bank work?

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 18:54:36 »
Would a usb power bank work?

I guess you could do up the leads from the USB power wires. with some wire. I'm pretty sure the PCB would draw power from anything that it could.
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 19:04:41 »
When can we buy it?

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 19:08:39 »
2-3 weeks he said
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 19:11:34 »
Whoa, nice ! I want one ! Or two. :)
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 19:15:49 »
2-3 weeks he said

I can't wait that long!   :'(
Well at least WFD isn't doing these :))
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 19:16:33 »
Whoa, nice ! I want one ! Or two. :)
I expect you to make something super cool out of it  :p
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 19:26:10 »
Want!!

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 19:32:55 »
Did you reveal your thought process while naming the project
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 20:46:51 »
Yes - I name my projects after towns on the Amalfi coast because it is paradise there

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 21:13:01 »
Yes - I name my projects after towns on the Amalfi coast because it is paradise there

I use to live in Viareggio back in 1991 for six months and it was a piece of paradise.  Still miss it immensely, especially the people who simply let you enjoy the place without any interruption  8) .

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 21:46:46 »
Oh man!  That's cool! :cool:

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 21:49:55 »
Sweet! My own personal snake machine!

Yes!  Perfect for snake :D

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 12 July 2014, 21:52:34 »
awesome!

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 01:01:15 »
I don't think anyone guessed that!

Nice one, i3oiler! :)
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« Reply #21 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 03:34:55 »
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 13:03:08 »
Wow the LED matrix looks really cool!


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« Reply #23 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 16:54:27 »
Serious want!
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 17:35:25 »
It's cool.

I just don't know what to do with it.

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 20:32:25 »
I ended up winning this guy in a bidding war. Really excited to toy around with it when I get back home. :thumb:
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 21:43:43 »
I ended up winning this guy in a bidding war. Really excited to toy around with it when I get back home. :thumb:
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What did it end up going for ?

Also, you get no easter eggs in your firmware :P
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 22:37:48 »
I ended up winning this guy in a bidding war. Really excited to toy around with it when I get back home. :thumb:
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What did it end up going for ?

Also, you get no easter eggs in your firmware :P
Ended up going for $46. And yeah, really sad about the no Easter eggs, but I'll just put the new firmware on it when it gets released. ;D

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 22:46:08 »
I ended up winning this guy in a bidding war. Really excited to toy around with it when I get back home. :thumb:
(Attachment Link)

What did it end up going for ?

Also, you get no easter eggs in your firmware :P
Ended up going for $46. And yeah, really sad about the no Easter eggs, but I'll just put the new firmware on it when it gets released. ;D

I assume that was donated to GeekHack?  I thought it was just going to be given away, but I'm all for a few bucks going to support the community.


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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 13 July 2014, 23:05:40 »
Great idea. Looks fun to toy around on. :)

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 14 July 2014, 10:25:25 »
Can't wait till I can buy one. i3oilermaker -- any ETA on when you'll have them on your web site?

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 14 July 2014, 10:29:52 »
Can't wait till I can buy one. i3oilermaker -- any ETA on when you'll have them on your web site?
2-3 weeks I recall him saying.
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« Reply #32 on: Mon, 14 July 2014, 10:31:05 »
Can't wait till I can buy one. i3oilermaker -- any ETA on when you'll have them on your web site?
2-3 weeks I recall him saying.

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 16 July 2014, 14:42:35 »
I can think of a million ways to use this.
The only problem is how many boards is enough.

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 17 July 2014, 15:19:52 »
No mounting holes on the board?

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 17 July 2014, 16:34:24 »
No mounting holes on the board?


Nope - I would suggest plate mounting the switches if you are looking to make a case.  Or get creative with some sort of slot mounting.

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #36 on: Tue, 22 July 2014, 02:30:39 »
i was expecting pasta

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 31 July 2014, 14:06:28 »
I just had a moment of pure excitement, while testing the final revision of the software. I programmed a key through the interface, to type in a username, press tab, type in the password, and hit enter.

When I fired the macro it was the fastest login ever


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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 31 July 2014, 14:12:14 »
Looks like quite a cool way to add macro keys without messing with your preferred keyboard. I like it. I want it.
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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 31 July 2014, 18:27:29 »
I just had a moment of pure excitement, while testing the final revision of the software. I programmed a key through the interface, to type in a username, press tab, type in the password, and hit enter.

When I fired the macro it was the fastest login ever

Gives the term "keycard" new meaning... :D Do you have an ETA for when we can buy them ?
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 31 July 2014, 18:33:09 »
I just had a moment of pure excitement, while testing the final revision of the software. I programmed a key through the interface, to type in a username, press tab, type in the password, and hit enter.

When I fired the macro it was the fastest login ever
Ohhhh, this gave me a really cool idea! Can't wait for these to be fully released so I can mess around with it. Don't want to mess with my keycon souvenir. :p

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 31 July 2014, 19:42:50 »
I just had a moment of pure excitement, while testing the final revision of the software. I programmed a key through the interface, to type in a username, press tab, type in the password, and hit enter.

When I fired the macro it was the fastest login ever

I set up my techkeys business card with my login info, super useful!  :p

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #42 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 11:46:28 »
When is this going to be released for sale?

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #43 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 22:56:42 »
I know I keep saying soon - I have been traveling for work and preparing for a child.

Lets just put it this way - this baby will drop before mine.

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 07 August 2014, 06:03:48 »
I know I keep saying soon - I have been traveling for work and preparing for a child.

Lets just put it this way - this baby will drop before mine.

You're having a baby?

Congratulations!

Hope everything goes well :)
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 19 August 2014, 20:28:55 »
Can you give us an ETA?  Don't want to miss out on the first batch.  Thanks
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 19 August 2014, 23:59:11 »
This will be fun to play with. Hope I can get in on the first batch!

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 20 August 2014, 00:02:27 »
Sorry for the delay folks...I have had a severe lack of free time lately.  I think I am going to forgo the video for the time being and release the cards first.

I might actually do a contest for anyone interested in producing a short demonstration video.

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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 20 August 2014, 21:02:25 »
I was going to buy a business card and program it - but this is 100x better!

Can't wait to get one.
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Re: What is Project Ravello?
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 20 August 2014, 21:24:40 »
Congrats on the baby sir

Good wishes and good health to your family