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0xB2 - splinky controller

0xB2 - splinky is a Pro-Micro/Elite-C replacement development board by plut0nium – with USB-C and RP2040.

Try-A-Dactyl

Try-A-Dactyl is an OpenSCAD-based tool by wolfwood to programmatically design splits with keywell (aka dactyls).

Technoblogy RP2040

A minimal controller sporting a RP2040 chip with all the 30 GPIO pins broken out – designed by Technoblogy.

Blok controller

Boardsource announced Blok, a new RP2040-based microcontroller with Pro Micro footprint.

KiCad Keyboard Layouter

Keyboard Layouter is a KiCad plugin by yskoht to place switch footprints in the location specified by KLE JSON files.

0xCB Pluto

0xCB Pluto is a Pro Micro compatible controller designed by 0xCB-dev.

PRK firmware

PRK is a PicoRuby-based keyboard firmware running on RP2040 chips.

Neutrone - manufacturer database

Neutrone.com is a free tool developed by lore045 providing a searchable list of manufacturers.

Cherry row identifier

Hekekee designed a 3D-printable tool for identifying Cherry keycaps' row.

Handwired hotswap generator

Klavgen, a handwired hotswap generator by thebgfan is open-sourced.

CadQuery case generator

Mariusz Ryndzionek's CadQuery keyboard case generator is a set of Python scripts outputting CadQuery files.

STeMCell devboard

The STeMCell is a STM32 based development board with Pro Micro pinout – designed by megamind4089.

RP2040 Stamp

The RP2040 Stamp is a RP2040-based controller with LiPo charger and Neopixel – breaking out all GPIO pins.

Force-curve measuring machine

A DIY keyswitch force-curve measuring machine by romly to be presented at Comiket C99.

RP2040-Zero

The RP2040-Zero is a tiny RP2040 based controller with USB-C and 20(+9) GPIO pins.

Keycap set configurator

An interactive configurator for a keycap set GB by catecholate.

Arduino UNO Mini

The UNO is not your typical keyboard controller, but the anniversary edition is actually only 34.2mm x 26.7mm. Hmmm.

Adafruit KB2040 Kee Boar

An RP2040 based development board by Adafruit, designed with keyboard builders in mind.

Unkeyboard

A set of Python scripts for generating stacked acrylic cases for Atreus-style keyboards. Published by Mike Bannister.

Keyboard stores on a map

This is another interface for the dataset of the Keyboard Vendor Database. About 150 keyboard shops put on a map.

Introducing Bonsai C

Bonsai C is an open-source drop-in-replacement for Proton C by customMK.

Mikoto controller

Mikoto is an open-source Bluetooth LE nRF52840 microcontroller in a Pro Micro footprint. Designed by zhiayang.

Keyboard vendor database

I've published a keyboard/part shop database listing 250 stores from all around the world. Discount codes coming in.

Parametric keycap design

Showcasing the Riskeyboard 70's features, riskable introduces the GEM profile created with his Keycap Playground tool.

IBM keyboard part number finder

Need help finding an IBM keyboard part number? Look no further! This tool by SharktasticA takes care of that.

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