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Google Japan's absurdly long stick keyboard is actually real

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  1. Akir
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    Google's Japanese Input team has a history of making absurd input devices. If you go to their github page it includes all of their crazy devices as well as links to all the announcement pages....

    Google's Japanese Input team has a history of making absurd input devices. If you go to their github page it includes all of their crazy devices as well as links to all the announcement pages.

    Though I have to say that this year's stick keyboard has the absolute craziest humor; you simply must watch the video.

    Edit: So after actually looking into this it looks like a surprising amount of effort actually went into designing this. The layout is surprisingly pragmatic in spite of the single row restriction; it actually splits the keyboard into left and right hand sections, which are divided by the full-sized(!) space bar. The case is designed to be 3D printed but they wanted it to be sturdy so they used an off the shelf Misumi extruded aluminum frame to support it. And surprisingly enough they also designed it so that you can use one of two very popular microcontroller boards; an Arduino Pro Micro (which is basically the de-facto standard in the community around building custom keyboards) or an ESP32-based M5Stack for a wireless bluetooth version (which seems like overkill at first, until you realize that it's basically the most accessable way to include a battery and charging circuitry).

    Possibly one of the best (or worst) details of this project is that, yes, of course, it's a full (US) 101-key keyboard. Which means it includes the 10 Key portion of the keyboard.

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  2. Bonooru
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    The bug catching module is fantastic.

    The net attachment bug catching module is fantastic.

    5 votes
  3. [2]
    helloworld
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    What can possibly make a corporation pour enough resources to make multiple prototypes, and a high production value video for what amounts to basically a joke, with multiple engineers, animators,...

    What can possibly make a corporation pour enough resources to make multiple prototypes, and a high production value video for what amounts to basically a joke, with multiple engineers, animators, voice actors and recorded across multiple locations?

    I mean, I enjoyed the video thoroughly and wish my company could/would want to do something like this, but our jokes just pale compared to this.

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    1. teaearlgraycold
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      It's a recruiting video. One of Google's limiting factors to growth is engineering headcount - so definitely worth paying to send the message that Google isn't all about work and sometimes you get...

      It's a recruiting video. One of Google's limiting factors to growth is engineering headcount - so definitely worth paying to send the message that Google isn't all about work and sometimes you get to spend company money on fun stuff.

      6 votes