Modern Keyboarding: How to Design, Build, and Hack

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B301


See how easy and cheap it is to design and build your own ergonomic keyboard with open hardware and software.


Thanks to innovations in open hardware, we’re no longer stuck with proprietary keyboards, or even QWERTY or staggered layouts. There are several options to design and configure your own Arduino-based keyboard. In this talk, we’ll survey a few of the new popular keyboard styles, like the Planck, Ergodox, and Atreus. We’ll look at the QMK Toolkit and hack up a keyboard layout C file, compile it, and push the firmware to the keyboard, and you’ll realize how easy it all is. No coding experience necessary! There will be discussions around innovations like tiny spacebars, busy thumbs, dual-mode keys, easy soldering, and the spectrum of switch and cap styles. You’ll leave this talk ready to save yourself from RSI!


keyboards, hardware, arduino

Speaking experience

Presentations at Intel Developer Forum, many talks at English Teacher conferences. This is a new talk.