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The Desenrasca Hotkey Unit

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So, I missed using a programmable keypad for shortcuts, but the current market offerings don't tickle my fancy all that much (Logitech's G13 looks like a bit of a clusterfuck, while Razer ain't seeing a single cent from me)...

... so I made one instead! Meet the Desenrasca Hotkey Unit, made out of an arcade stick encoder board (which is recognized as a common USB gamepad, so it can be played around with JoyToKey), Cherry MX mechanical keys, and... Foamcore and plaplate for it's housing. I need to look into getting a new housing out of acrylic and aluminum once I get the chance. But it works! Imma use this mostly for shortcuts on my illustration software, but it can be used for gaming just as well. Outta be fun!

Now on to configure some shortcuts into this thing (the 11 and 12 keys will work as FNs to maximize the amount of available inputs). Oh, and if you need an explanation on what the heck Desenrasca even means: http://portuguesefordummies.blogspot.pt/2007/03/question-5-what-is-desenrascano.html
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xxVectorZeroxx's avatar
i havent touched electronics engineering in about half a decade. how hard is it to make custom computer interfaces, doesnt it require messing with your computers input (kernel, id assume)
FontesMakua's avatar
Nah, it's recognized as a generic usb gamepad (the circuitry is for an arcade stick, but with keyboard switches instead of push buttons). From there I just gotta use a program like JoyToKey to remap all the inputs. It's all pretty simple, really.
xxVectorZeroxx's avatar
oh good. custom control systems where tweaking me. like, id like to, but the design process scared me off.
KenLit's avatar
Awesome cool! :)
HaiSociety's avatar
There is only fear
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Porecomesis's avatar
IT'S GONNA BLOW!
FontesMakua's avatar
Oddly enough, I got that a fair bit during the planning stages.
Porecomesis's avatar
So how many arms do you have left?
FontesMakua's avatar
I dunno... are we supposed to have more than 2?
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FontesMakua's avatar
Then I was probably a mutant before the explosion, or something.
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