NES-Inspired Shortcut Keyboard
I recently received a Wacom tablet as a gift, and have been thoroughly enjoying drawing on it. One thing I miss about drawing on paper or smaller tablets is the ability to easily rotate the canvas about. I was thinking about how nice it would be to have a little knob on the side that allowed me to rotate the canvas … and then I got carried away.
I love the look of the classic NES, so I designed my shortcut keyboard around it. I added as many keys as I had key parts, to leave room for as many shortcuts as I might want to add in the future. Then, I created 3d models, printed everything out, and put it all together.
This project is a shortcut keyboard made using the Adafruit Feather with an RP2040. I used the Adafruit NeoKey snap-apart boards and a series of mechanical keys, as well as a rotary encoder for fun. I 3d printed all of the keycaps and the case.
P.S. I know it has more buttons than the NES actually did –it’s just because I love buttons and wanted more fun
Please see the GitHub repository to find the software, CAD files, and electronics schematics details.
The screen and the rotary encoder are encased in a retro TV. The keys are within the NES controller case. All parts are 3D printed on a Form 3 SLA printer using durable resin.
I used a combination of hardware standoffs and hot glue to secure the keys and other electronics in place. Since I did not leave adequate space for header pins inside of the NES controller case, I had to solder many of the wires directly to the associated electronic parts.