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When the Piano Plays You

When the Piano Plays You

The Flight of the Bumblebee is one of the most notoriously fast pieces of music you can play. Despite performing just a 1-minute excerpt of the classic, Vinheteiro spent 36 hours editing this video to make it look like his keyboard is doing all of the work, and his finger is standing still.

Cyberboard R2 Le Smoking Keyboard

Cyberboard R2 Le Smoking Keyboard
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This upgraded version of the Cyberboard keyboard has a new RGB LED light grid with 256 brightness levels, a higher refresh rate, and bolder colors. It has a hot-swappable circuit set into a CNC-machined aluminum case. Choose from a psychedelic or Jet Black mirrored PVD finish. Key switches and caps sold separately.

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Megalodon Triple Knob Macro Pad

Megalodon Triple Knob Macro Pad
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This desktop control deck has 16 hot-swappable mechanical keys, along with three programmable knobs. The two small and one large knob are also clickable, and you can switch between four function layers visible on its display. It has an anodized aluminum case and built-in RGB backlighting behind the keys.

Flowo Digital Typewriter

Flowo Digital Typewriter

Jody Del Bianco’s award-winning design for a dedicated typing device pays homage to the cylindrical platens of vintage typewriters, while embracing modern technology. As you type on its round keys, words appear on a high-contrast, curved E-Ink display. To scroll backwards, turn the knob like on a classic typewriter.

Air75 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Air75 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
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NuPhy Studio’s compact 75% keyboard combines the benefits of mechanical keys with a slimline profile. It has an aluminum frame, hot-swappable keys, and RGB lighting. It connects wirelessly via 2.4 GHz RF or Bluetooth and has a wired USB-C port. The optional NuFolio V2 is a foldable case with a tablet and phone stand.

Creator Board Keyboard

Creator Board Keyboard
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Worklouder’s ortholinear grid keyboard is designed for digital content creators. Its modular design lets you install a mix of keys and rotary dials. It has a compact 60% footprint, is fully programmable, and has four key layers so you can switch between 236 different keys. They also make a mini version called the Creator Micro.

Game Controller Keycap

Game Controller Keycap
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This keycap from HolyOOPS looks like a tiny game controller with D-pad, ABXY, and start/select buttons. It’s made from CNC-machined aluminum with silicone buttons that let light shine through. At 1.75u wide, it’s the perfect replacement for your Caps Lock key and is compatible with Cherry MX switches and clones.

Playing the Piano from Bed

Playing the Piano from Bed

Mary Had a Little Lamb is one of the easiest songs to play on the piano. But can you play it while lying in bed with your keyboard on the other side of the room? Korean YouTuber 이름미정 has figured out a method that involves taping lengths of string to the keys, then yanking downward on them from across their bedroom.

Rainbow Keycap Set

Rainbow Keycap Set
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Love rainbows? ManaTek’s colorful keycap set gives will make your keyboard look like a pack of square Skittles. The 104-key set comes in either a center-out or wave pattern and fits Cherry MX switches. They’re made from PBT for long life and wear resistance.

Velvet Keyboard

Velvet Keyboard

We’re not too sure how we feel about a fuzzy keyboard, but this is the Internet, so somebody out there needs to try every idea at least once. Makers Evan and Katelyn took an ordinary computer keyboard and gave it a tactile feel with the same kind of velvet flocking they put in jewelry boxes. Last-minute Valentine’s gift, anyone?

Making a Double-Shot Polyurethane Keycap

Making a Double-Shot Polyurethane Keycap

Keymacs makes high-end keyboards. In this video, they show how LEGO bricks and polyurethane can be used to create a double-shot keycap. They then use a CNC router to engrave the details and refine the shape of the mold, then make an additional set of molds to produce the contrasting letter embedded in each key.

BigKNOB Macropad Controller

BigKNOB Macropad Controller
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LeafCutter Labs’ add-on controller has four programmable macro keys and a 360º encoder knob, making it a great input device for creative apps or for controlling media. It comes in a powder-coated steel case with a 32mm aluminum knob. Choose from case lit or key lit versions.

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

DoodleChaos loves to create visualizations of music. While they usually use programs like Minecraft, Planet Coaster, and Line Rider, they made this video with a custom Unity program that reads MIDI files and drops an object each time a key is pressed. As the music progresses, the density of the falling Tetrominoes goes insane.

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Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

We’ve seen how you can make music by drawing images in a MIDI sequencer program, but musician GLASYS has got that beat, performing his songs live on a keyboard to produce drawings in the sequencer. Watch him play some musical Pac-Man, take a bite out of the Apple logo, and quack like a duck.

Geekboards 8-Key RGB Macropad

Geekboards 8-Key RGB Macropad
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This add-on 8-key macro keypad is great for gaming or frequently used keys in creative and productivity apps. It comes with a durable aluminum case, hot-swappable Cherry or Zeal switches, and per-key RGB backlighting. It connects via a speedy USB-C port and comes with the playful keycaps shown in the first picture.

Hallsen Full Metal Keyboard

Hallsen Full Metal Keyboard
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Hallsen’s 60% mechanical keyboard comes with keys made from stainless steel. The switches are designed for responsiveness and have full n-key rollover and anti-ghosting tech. Each key has RGB backlighting with 15 lighting effects to choose from. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0 or wired via USB-C.

Giant Macro Keypad

Giant Macro Keypad

Adafruit Industries shows off a fun DIY project using oversize Kailh key switches to build three ginormous macro keys. The keys work just like the keys on a regular keyboard, only 64 times larger in volume. We want to see someone build an entire QWERTY keyboard with these things.

NPKC 60% Wooden Keyboard Case

NPKC 60% Wooden Keyboard Case
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This wooden case provides an elegant foundation for your custom keyboard project. It comes in walnut or bamboo wood and has a built-in wrist rest. Inside, you’ll find M2 screw mounting points to hold universal 60% keyboard PCBs, along with a USB cutout. Drop can set you up with the PCB and keyboard components too.

Stack Overflow Copy/Paste Macro Pad

Stack Overflow Copy/Paste Macro Pad
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Stack Overflow’s April Fools prank keyboard gets real, courtesy of DROP. Designed by Cassidy, the three-key macro pad known as “The Key” is dedicated solely to the copy and paste key shortcuts. It has Kailh Black Box switches, a CNC-machined aluminum case, and is programmable using QMK. Pre-orders ship starting 12.2021.

Alopow Resin Case Keyboard

Alopow Resin Case Keyboard
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KBDfans sells this unique 60% keyboard which features a beautiful case made by swirling together shades of resin. It comes in six color combinations and includes OSA Mustard keycaps. Its translucent case material allows internal lighting to shine through. Available with a wide variety of premium mechanical switches.

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Stainless Steel Alpha Keycaps

Stainless Steel Alpha Keycaps
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Teamwolf’s real stainless steel keycaps give your keyboard a slick and modern look while increasing the durability of its most-used keys. The set includes all 26 letters of the English alphabet, with laser-cut characters to allow backlighting to shine through. Compatible with Cherry MX switches and clones.

IDOBAO Resin Wrist Rests

IDOBAO Resin Wrist Rests

Add a splash of color to your desktop while improving ergonomics with these marbled resin wrist rests from IDOBAO. They’re shaped for maximum comfort and an optimal 6º typing angle and have rubber feet to prevent slipping. Available in purple, blue, black, or clear. Shipping starts 2.2022.

Walnut Wood Keycaps

Walnut Wood Keycaps
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Loha Custom Design makes these elegant keycaps from solid walnut wood. They fit all Cherry MX and other MX switch keyboards and are available in 60% (61-key) and 80% (87-key) sets. You can also buy individual keys and custom logo keys if you can’t afford the full set. They also make a matching wrist rest.

ChonkerKeys

ChonkerKeys

Our lives are filled with Zoom calls and other video meetings these days. ChonkerKeys are giant keys that offer quick shortcuts for common videoconferencing functions like mic muting, camera, and screen sharing, and light up to indicate status. Choose from the five-key Original or the reconfigurable 11-key Max model.

Playing Jimi Hendrix on a Keyboard

Playing Jimi Hendrix on a Keyboard

The sounds that Jimi Hendrix made with his electric guitar were unreal. Using a modified Hohner Clavinet D6 keyboard with a whammy bar, Aussie musician Lachy Doley rocked the house with a powerfully expressive performance of Voodoo Child. Doley and his band killed it with their cover of Steve Winwood’s I’m a Man too.

Mechanical Keyboard Sounds

Mechanical Keyboard Sounds

Virtually every word written on this website is composed on a clicky mechanical keyboard. If you love the sound of clicky keys too, then take a listen to Mechanical Keyboard Sounds: Recordings of Bespoke and Customized Mechanical Keyboards, an album by Taeha Types and Trunk Records, demonstrated here by LGR Blerbs.

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