Keyboard FeatherWing Brings Keyboard & Display to Adafruit Feather Boards

Solder Party is a brand new Swedish startup founded by Arturo182 who previously designed several maker boards including the tiny Serpente R2 CircuitPython prototyping board, and its first product, named Keyboard FeatherWing, brings a QWERTY keyboard and 2.6” color LCD with resistive touch screen to any boards compatible with Adafruit Feather for factor.

That means you can build a portable device that runs Linux via the  Giant Board, features an FPGA (Orange Crab), or a wide range of connectivity options including WiFi, Bluetooth LE, LoRa, etc… depending on your chosen board.

The solution actually brings a bit more than just a keyboard and color, as shown by the list of Keyboard FeatherWing key features:

  • Display – 2.6” 320×240 16-bit color LCD with resistive touch screen (SPI)
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot (SPI)
  • User Inputs controlled by a Microchip SAMD20 MCU
    • QWERTY keyboard (I2C)
    • 5-way button
    • 4 soft tactile buttons
  • Expansion
    • Stemma QT/Qwiic I2C connector
    • Dual-row Adafruit Feather compatible female headers to have access to I/Os even when the Feather board is connected.
    • GPIO solder jumpers to disconnect select pins from the FeatherWing as needed
  • Misc – Neopixel RGB LED, On/Off switch, SWD/UART test points, 4x mounting holes

There’s nothing about battery connection, but maybe that’s something that would typically handled by the Feather board itself.

The board is open-source hardware, and the company provides KiCad hardware design files, SAMD20 firmware source code, as well as sample code for CircuitPython and Arduino all under a CERN open hardware license. You’ll find those and documentations on the Solder Party website.

Solder Party does not sell directly on its website just yet, and instead, you could purchase Keyboard FeatherWing on Tindie for $55 plus shipping.

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KopiJahe
KopiJahe
2 months ago

Looks like a BlackBerry Classic’s keyboard.

Rogan Dawes
Rogan Dawes
2 months ago

Blackberry Q10, according to the labelled image.

KopiJahe
KopiJahe
2 months ago

Isee, I was assuming that it’s “qio” instead “q10”.

willy
willy
2 months ago

We definitely need devices like this to make MCUs UARTs more accessible without having to constantly have a full blown laptop lie over the work table.

leonanavi
1 month ago

Really cool project! 🙂 Btw sometimes I regret for the lack of physical keyboards on modern smartphones. I type on the virtual keyboard of my smartphone only using my thumbs which is often quite slow.

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