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One of the Deadly Sins

I have found a new level of Lame. I have Keypad Lust. While surfing Digikey looking for cheap membrane keypads to hook up to control my fabber, I ran across this decidedly NOT cheap keypad, pictured below. And Drooled. Luckily it's upwards of $150, so I'm not in any danger of ever spending my money on it.


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Jan. 17th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Huh. Is that keypad just a solid metal plate that senses where you touch it instead of having actual buttons?
Jan. 17th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
It appears to be a solid metal plate, and the only hint I have to it's functionality is that it is listed as a Peizo keypad. So possibly the front is thin aluminum on the thicker plate behind, and the keys flex slightly.

Edited at 2010-01-17 08:31 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Uhhh... make one? :)

Can Tug's laser cut through metal that thick?
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Be even cooler to make it from wood.
Cut thru around the edges of the keys, burn in the key labels, and then mount the pieces atop one of those cheep membrane keypads.
Jan. 17th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
That... should be doable. Not sure of durability, though.
Jan. 17th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Hell no. With Ceremark, it might be able to leave letters annealed to the surface like the text it has in that picture.
Jan. 18th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Needs a kW upgrade :)

The idea of making one from wood isn't bad though, or at least a veneer for a plastic one.
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
GEEK! (But that is seriously sexy...)
Jan. 18th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
You could probably build your own capacitive-sensor keypad without too much trouble };>. Simplest way to do it is to etch two combs in a metal layer, put a cosmetic print layer over that, run AC through the comb capacitors, and look for an impedence change when a nice high-K water-filled finger is pressed against it.

Jan. 18th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Too much work for a $10 keypad, methinks. :)

Edited at 2010-01-18 07:13 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
One advantage of Piezo though - they are very very hard to damage. Let the lil vandals bang on it all they want.
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