ANAVI Macro Pad 8

by Anavi Technology

Open source, programmable, eight-key keypad with backlighting, underlighting, and OLED screen

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$36

Maker Kit

A kit for anyone interested in using their own mechanical switches and keycaps. Requires soldering. Includes ANAVI Macro Pad 8 printed circuit board with Microchip ATmega32U4 (1) and WS2812B LED strip (1).


$44

Developer Kit

The ultimate solution! No soldering required. Includes ANAVI Macro Pad 8 printed circuit board with Microchip ATmega32U4 (1) and WS2812B LED strip (1), Gateron red mechanical switches (8), transparent keycaps (8).

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Hackster News

"This QMK-based board features customizable macro keys, lighting effects, and OLED display — and will be fully open in firmware and hardware."

Geeky Gadgets

"If you are searching for a low-cost eight key keypad, with backlighting, and the lighting and handy OLED screen, the open source ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is definitely worth more investigation."

ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is part of the Microchip Get Launched design program!

ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is an open source, custom-programmable, mini 8-key keyboard/keypad. Each key can be reprogrammed to activate a macro or even a dedicated shortcut - all without any coding experience! Powered by the advanced, but easy-to-use Quantum Mechanical Keyboard (QMK) open source firmware.

ANAVI Macro Pad 8 can be customized to fit multiple use cases across various industries: video or audio editing, video conferencing software, entertainment broadcasting, product and graphic design, gaming, engineering, programming, etc. It boosts your daily productivity by providing amazing level of control with gorgeous light effects on your fingertips!

Quick Setup

Getting started with and assembled ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is easy. Just connect it to your Linux, Windows, or macOS computer, and use a browser to configure and load your kewswitch macro or shortcut settings.

ANAVI Macro Pad 8 relies on the Quantum Mechanical Keyboard (QMK) firmware, To configure and modify the keyboard layouts you can use QMK Configurator, an online graphical user interface that generates QMK firmware hex files directly in a web browser or use the source code. Press the RESET button on ANAVI Macro Pad 8 to enter flash mode and upload the new firmware.

Furthermore, ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is powered by a Microchip ATmega32U4 microcontroller, so it is possible to use as an Arduino Leonardo-compatible development board and upload Arduino sketches through Arduino IDE or PlatformIO.

Proudly Open Source

ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is an entirely open source project that combines open source hardware with free and open source software.

Only free and open source software tools like KiCad, OpenSCAD, and Inkscape were used to design ANAVI Macro Pad 8. Quantum Mechanical Keyboard (QMK) is the default open source firmware. Arduino sketches will be available as examples for people interested in explore embedded development with a mini keyboard. Source code and schematics are available on GitHub. A comprehensive user’s manual will be provided.

All printed circuit boards will be made in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, EU and packaged in eco-friendly recyclable cardboard boxes.

Features & Specifications

  • Keyswitches: Eight Cherry MX-style pads
    • Developer Kit includes eight Gateron red, linear, non-clicky mechanical switches and transparent keycaps with red LED backlighting
  • Peripherals:
    • S2812B addressable LED strip for bottom-lighting
    • Optional 0.96" mini OLED display
  • MCU: Microchip ATmega32U4
  • Connectivity: Micro USB
  • Firmware: Quantum Mechanical Keyboard (QMK) open source firmware and Arduino sketches
  • Compatibility: Windows, macOS, and Linux support
  • Dimensions: 135 x 47 mm (5.32 x 1.86 inches)

Kit Configurations

Maker KitDeveloper Kit
ANAVI Macro Pad 8Yes Yes
WS2812B LED stripYes Yes
8 Gateron red mechanical switchesOptionalYes
8 translucent keycapsOptionalYes
Keyswitch backlightingOptionalYes, red LEDs
Acrylic enclosureOptionalOptional
Mini OLED displayOptionalOptional

NOTE: USB to Micro USB cable is not included in any of the kits.

Developer Kit

The Developer Kit does not require any soldering. It features Gateron red mechanical switches and translucent keycaps with red backlighting. The Developer Kit is easy to get started with, and it is perfect even for newbies. Just pop the keycaps on, and you’re ready to go.

Maker Kit

The Maker Kit is for advanced users only. It requires soldering, but provides you the opportunity to pick your own mechanical switches (compatible with Cherry MX plate footprint), color of 3 mm backlit LEDs, and keycaps. These can easily be purchased from Mouser or other distributors of electronic components.

Acrylic Case

This enclosure gives your ANAVI Macro Pad 8 a bit of protection, lifts the board off the table so the underlighting is maximally effective, and helps keep the board in place with four rubber bumpers. The acrylic panels are screwed together easily with included hardware.

Mini OLED Display

A 0.96" mini OLED display that connects with the board over an I²C interface. A short extension cable is also included if you’d rather have the display slightly separate from the board. The display can be programmed with whatever information you want through Arduino IDE.

Stretch Goals

Our crowdfunding campaign has a very modest goal of just $1, but if we raise:

  • $500: we'll add Emoji keyboard stickers to all kits
  • $1,000: we'll add awesome stickers with KiCad and our logo to all kits
  • $2,500: we'll publish free video tutorials

Comparisons

There are literally hundreds of mechanical keyboards on the market. Unlike the rest, ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is entirely open source, affordable, compact, highly customizable and suitable for a wide range of applications. The developer kit is super easy to assemble and requires no soldering!

Manufacturing Plan

To ensure consistently high quality, the printed circuit board (PCB) of ANAVI Macro Pad 8 has a green solder mask and a gold surface finish. All PCBs will be manufactured and assembled at a local factory in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, EU. Boards will be carefully manually flashed and tested with the open source QMK firmware.

Shipping & Fulfillment

All ANAVI Macro Pad 8 kits will be shipped to our backers using Crowd Supply’s fulfillment services. Once manufacturing is complete, we’ll make a bulk shipment to Crowd Supply and from there, the packages will be shipped out to our individual backers. For more details, please have a look at this guide to ordering, paying, and shipping.

Risks & Challenges

ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is a certified open source hardware product. After months of development we have a stable version. We have already manufactured a small-run batch to ensure that everything works correctly and we are ready for mass production!

We have experience successfully delivering projects on time, and even ahead of schedule, from our previous crowdfunding campaigns, including ANAVI Thermometer, ANAVI Gas Detector, ANAVI Infrared pHAT and many more. We are working with reliable suppliers and a trusted local factory in Plovdiv, Bulgaria to ensure high quality at reasonable price. However, now, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are facing completely new challenges. Suppliers and factories are working with reduced capacity, therefore, we have set estimated shipping dates far out in the future. In case of a complete inability to deliver, or with some kind of shipping failure, backers will be offered full refunds. If any delays occur, backers will be notified promptly through regular updates.

Support & Documentation

ANAVI Macro Pad 8 is an entirely open source project powered by the QMK firmware. Schematics and examples are available in our GitHub repositories. Please have a look at the following links:

If you have a question about ordering, paying, or shipping, please refer to The Crowd Supply Guide.

If you have a technical question about the operation of ANAVI Macro Pad 8 or any of its applications, please visit our website or contact us at info@anavi.technology.


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Anavi Technology

Open source hardware created and powered by free and open source software


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