Connecting The World Starts With A DIY XIAO Mechanical Keyboard!
The contest begins on the 11th of July and ends 11th of October 2022 (GMT time). Submissions must be received before midnight.
“The humble keyboard is the most used tool in the life of an ever increasing number of people: not just writers, journalists, software developers, bloggers, gamers, etc. Others use it for hours a day, but whole industries depend on it. However, the standard keyboard is obsolete in many ways. It’s based on an almost 150-year-old design. We can do better. ” That’s what the webmaster of KBD.NEWS, Tamás shared some of his thoughts when we interviewed him about why he runs a website all about keyboards.
Meanwhile, to encourage more individual keyboard designers and business users to customize their mechanical keyboards, Seeed Studio Fusion has launched the DIY XIAO Mechanical Keyboard Contest based on the Xiao series.
Why Seeed Studio XIAO Series are perfect for building keyboards?
- Native USB, support tinyUSB for keyboard control
- Multiple development interfaces and rich pins are ideal for keyboard projects
- Ultra-small size (21 x 17.5mm) & Super cost-effective, 5 to 10 USD with powerful MCU core
- Single-sided components and SMD surface mounting design for easy adhesion to PCB backboard, helping to speed up your product mass production
Grow your idea and show us your Keyboard Creations!
If you are ready to get started but not sure what to do, check out our “How to enter the Competition” as below for additional information on how to make one. And at there is a collection of custom DIY Mechanical Keyboard demos to get you inspired. Show us your creations for a chance to Win $1000 Coupons and Seeed XIAO Pillows!
How to enter the Competition?
- First, please fill out the form for DIY XIAO Keyboard Proposal.
- Second, each person is limited to 2 PCBA boards 100% FREE for one design. The custom design must include any of these five microcontrollers: Seeeduino XIAO, Seeed XIAO RP2040, Seeed XIAO BLE, Seeed XIAO BLE Sense and Seeed XIAO ESP32C3.
- Third, please prepare your BOM File & Contact Fusion team support ([email protected]) to apply a Coupon for settlement.
- When you are preparing the BOM file, just add one of the three SKU or parts.
- 1) Seeed SKU 102010328 or the part number Seeeduino XIAO
- 2) Seeed SKU 102010428 or the part number Seeed XIAO RP2040
- 3) Seeed SKU 102010448 or the part number Seeed XIAO BLE nRF52840
- 4) Seeed SKU 102010469 or the part number Seeed XIAO BLE nRF52840 Sense
- 5) Seeed SKU xx or the part number Seeed XIAO ESP32C3
- Then, you need to publish your keyboard projects on your own platform. By participating in this Contest, you agree to review your experience with us and allow us to share the design with the community on our social media platforms.
- Participate in the selection and win prizes, Seeed Studio will share your project on Twitter, linkedin, Facebook and Discord, and we will determine if your project makes it into the Top Three based on the number of likes, retweets, and interactions it shows on our social platforms. We have one first prize, two second prizes and four third prizes!
Added Bonus and Further Cooperation With Seeed
We will invite well received keyboard designs to the Seeed Marketplace where your products can be listed, sold and shipped directly by Seeed on the Seeed website. We will also support designers to reach thousands of like-minded customers and distributors with Seeed’s global sales channels and social media presence.