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    USB passthrough layout dongle

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    I'm sure I heard this discussed before, but can't search the right terms for it here, so apologies if this is a repeat.

    Someone was asking about not being able to switch keyboard layout via OS recently, and mentioned the idea of using a hardware adapter.

    Did these get made, and can you purchase easily?

    Or would they be cheap to make?

    Either fixed or programmable layouts acceptable.

    Last edited by pinkyache (26-Sep-2019 12:21:53)

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    Hi! In my BigBag there's an article on USB-2-USB devices, or QUICKIE as I call their Colemak variant.

    My TMK files can program the device sold by Hasu over at GeekHack, as described in that article. It wouldn't be hard to get Dvorak going that way. Hasu ships from Japan, very reliably in my experience.

    They are cheapish to make too, and it seems like a fun experience. But I haven't done it.

    Last edited by DreymaR (27-Sep-2019 06:08:30)

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    Yeah, I have one of Hasu's dongles too, it works very well.

    It would be nice if they were a bit easier to buy though. The service from Hasu is great, but the fact that you have to order them from a "guy on a forum" is going to be barrier for the casual user and is therefore yet another barrier to custom/alternative layouts being more mainstream.

    Last edited by stevep99 (28-Sep-2019 12:15:53)

    Using Colemak Mod-DH with some additional ergonomic keyboard mods.

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    Another matter is that the newer generation microcontrollers like Teensy 5 and 6 are so much better. Instead of 32 k memory you have a megabyte, for instance. It'd be so nice if anyone made a QUICKIE-type device for these new controllers, then I could program in all of Colemak[eD] with dead keys aplenty if I wanted to. As it is, I've included four AltGr mappings only (they're also a bit tricky to implement since a keyboard can't send characters but just key presses).

    Last edited by DreymaR (28-Sep-2019 12:28:01)

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    Thanks for the links.  Not that cheap and easy then.  But a starting point.

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