Mechanical keyboards (like the Logitech G Pro X and the Keychron K3 that we reviewed) are a great product for gamers and typing enthusiasts, and in recent years we have seen some interesting models being released, with flashy OLEDs and some even bringing extra bells and whistles, but the PolyKybd is definitely a product in this category with a unique twist: each key is replaced with an OLED display for customizable layouts and macros.
The split keyboard features an ortho-linear layout with keys laid out in a grid system for easier travel on fingers. A Raspberry Pi RP2040 processor is inside each half of the split keyboard to control the OLED keys, which are connected via flex cables. Popular software like QMK can be used for customization, and the OLED keys work with various Western characters, with more language adaptations in the works.
The PolyKybd is already compatible with at least 20 of the most popular mechanical switches, including Gateron Pros, and could be available for purchase as hardware kits in the future, though they would cost over $200 and won’t sell at scale. A TenKeyless version and a macro pad are potential future versions that could be more affordable than a full-size keyboard.
While OLEDs for each key have been seen before in the keyboard modding community, the PolyKybd brings the concept to the mainstream market. The customizable OLED displays offer a new level of flexibility and convenience, making it easy to change layouts and label macros on the fly. With the potential for future upgrades and adaptations, the PolyKybd could be a game-changer for those seeking a truly unique and customizable mechanical keyboard.
Could this bold and interesting project be transformed into a commercial success? That’s something we’ll have to wait and see.