From Jeremy S. Cook on the Hackster blog:
As hackers and creators, we sometimes get asked the question “why?” While many of the gadgets we make do have a specific purpose, many of them definitely don’t, and are made because we wonder if something can actually be done. This giant three-key mechanical keyboard would certainly fall into that second category, and though I can’t think of a practical use for it, I still find the device quite entertaining.
The heart of this device is a trio of “Big Switch” devices from Novel Keys, which are four times larger in length/width/height than what you’re used to typing on. While that might sound only sort of interesting, that translates to 64 times normal size in volume; plus they include similarly ginormous keycaps. Glen Akins, inspired by a similar project on Adafruit, decided to build his own 3-key array, with a PIC18F14K50 chip providing an interface between the keys ans USB input.
The housing is made out of aluminum, and sits at an angle to the user for excellent ergonomics — if you happen to be a giant, and only use three keys at a time. While the electronics are fairly straightforward, these large keys are electrically quite noisy. Debounce code was added to combat this, reducing the letters per keypress from a range of one to three to only a single character.
Read more on Glen’s own Photons, Electrons, and Dirt blog:
PocketBeagle USB breakout board by Sai Yamanoor:
The hardware design files are shared on GitHub:
From Sven Gregori on Hackaday.io:
the USB MIDI keyboard dedicated to play all the four chord songs, from Adele via Green Day and Red Hot Chilli Peppers to U2 and Weezer. Thanks to MIDI, you can be any instrument – and all of them at once. Yay!
Built around an AVR ATmega328 and Objective Development’s V-USB library
, 4chord MIDI acts as a regular USB MIDI instrument. It supports playback in every key and five different playback modes:
- simple triad chord (root, third, fifth)
- triad chord + third + fifth + third as quarter notes
- triad chord + third + fifth + octave as quarter notes
- root note + third + fifth + third as quarter notes
- root note + third + fifth + octave as quarter notes
The playback tempo can be set between 60 and 240 bpm.
Here is the board in action:
The design files and source code are available on GitHub:
From Nick Sayer on Hackaday.io:
This allows you to securely transport a data set by writing it onto a pair of cards and separately transporting them to a destination for recombination.
The intent is that only the pairing of two cards becomes in any way special. A card pair could be inserted in any Orthrus device and the data would be made available. But with only one card, all you get is half of the data encrypted with a key which you only half-possess.
The firmware source code is available on GitHub:
The assembled board is available on Tindie:
From Clayton G. Hobbs on Hackaday.io:
USB Power Delivery for everyone
USB Power Delivery is a cool standard for getting lots of power—up to 100 W—from a USB Type-C port. Being an open standard for supplying enough power to charge phones, laptops, and just about anything else under the sun, USB PD is poised to greatly reduce the amount of e-waste produced worldwide from obsolete proprietary chargers. Unfortunately, like all USB standards, it’s quite complex, putting it out of reach of the average electronics hobbyist.
PD Buddy Sink solves this problem, letting any hacker or maker use USB PD in their projects. Think of it as a smart power jack. To use it, first configure a voltage and current via the USB configuration interface. Then whenever the Sink is plugged in to a USB PD power supply, it negotiates the power your project needs and provides it on the output connector.
The KiCad design files are available on his website:
From K.C. Lee on Hackaday.io:
A low cost hardware dongle for capturing and analyzing Full Speed (12Mbps) traffic using ARM microcontroller
The board has been shared project by FPGA-Computer on OSH Park: