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DeepDeck

Wireless, fully programmable, open source, ESP32 macropad featuring 16 RGB, mechanical, hot-swappable keys and two RGB rotary encoders

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DeepDeck is a fully programmable, wireless, open source macropad with 16 RGB, mechanical keys and two rotary encoders with push buttons. It uses the powerful and versatile ESP32 module to connect to your device via Bluetooth, whether that device runs Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, or something else. You can customize DeepDeck to improve your productivity by programming keys, macros, and shortcuts.

And DeepDeck configuration is easy! You don’t need to install any software. Just activate Configuration Mode, connect DeepDeck to a Wi-Fi access point, and direct your browser to the built-in webserver (much like you would when configuring a home router). And you can do all of that with a smartphone, so you don’t even need a computer!

The Power of a Fully Programmable Macropad

Write code? Easily map DeepDeck’s keys and knobs to frequently used shortcuts in your favorite IDE, be it VS Code, Arduino IDE, Eclipse, or something else. You can use DeepDeck to write code, switch tabs, map bookmarks, move back and forth, etc. Dabble in design? Map different views, layers, and shortcuts in KiCad, Illustrator, Solid Works, and other such platforms. The knobs allow you to configure many of the built-in tools faster and more intuitive than using your mouse or a standard keyboard. Edit audio or video? Improve your workflow by mapping DeepDeck’s knobs to various controls for a clean, fluid experience when using Reaper, Adobe Premier, etc.

More Than Just a Macropad

There are plenty of cool macropads out there, and we didn’t set out just to create one more. A few of the key principles that informed our design were:

Make it usable anywhere. There should be no dumb compatibility problems between DeepDeck software and the Windows, Linux, or MacOS operating systems…

Make it easy to configure. Everything should be programmable through DeepDeck’s built-in webserver, which you can access using any device with a browser.

Make it useful on its own. While a macropad is typically something you plug into to something else, we wanted DeepDeck to work by itself as well. With Wi-Fi support and a level of programmability that allows it to interact with any third-party API, DeepDeck can do its job even without being connected to another device. Add a to do item in Notion or Jira, for example, then review your tasks and mark them complete where appropriate. Or connect via IFTTT and use DeepDeck as a home-automation control panel!

Available Pre-Assembled or as One of Four Different Kits

DeepDeck

A fully assembled version of the Deluxe Kit, ready to roll.

The Deluxe Kit

Comes with everything you need to assemble your Deep Deck quickly and easily. Includes an OLED screen, transparent keycaps, white Gateron switches, and a gesture sensor.

The Keyboarder Kit

For mechanical-keyboard enthusiasts who already have the switches and keycaps they want to use with DeepDeck. This kit also includes an OLED screen.

The Maker Kit

Includes the basics. Add an OLED screen, switches, and keys to make it fully functional. Then customize your DeepDeck with a 3D-printed or laser-cut enclosure.

Features & Specifications

Comparisons

DeepDeckCreator MicroMacroPad RP2040
Manufacturer DeepSea Developments WorkLouder Adafruit
Microcontroller ESP32 Probably atmega328 RaspberryPi RP2040
USB Type-CYes Yes Yes
BluetoothYes No No
Wi-FiYes No No
QMK support?QMK-like Yes No
Number of keys16 12 12
OLED screenYes No Yes
Number of knobs2 2 1
Hot-Swappable?Yes No Yes
Individual RGB LightsYes No Yes
Open SourceHW + SW SW only HW + SW
Price$75 $129 $50

Support & Documentation

DeepDeck is fully open source. You can find our source code and design files in the DeepSea Developments GitHub organization, which includes:

We also have a project wiki, more images, and a 3D PCB render for you to check out. And, if you have questions, please feel free to reach out using the appropriate link below.

Manufacturing Plan

We plan to handle manufacturing ourselves. We have experience producing over 3,000 devices, including EV trackers, EV chargers, and smart-energy meters. PCB assembly will take place here at our offices, in Colombia, where we have two pick-and-place machines. We will of course test all DeepDeck products to ensure they are of the highest quality before sending them out to backers.

Fulfillment & Logistics

Once final assembly, testing, and packaging are complete, all DeepDeck products will be shipped to Mouser Electronics for fulfillment. You can learn more about Crowd Supply’s fulfillment service under Ordering, Paying, and Shipping in their guide.

Risks & Challenges

The recent chip shortage has been a real challenge for everyone who works in electronics, but we designed DeepDeck with this challenge in mind. If one of our components is unavailable, as we approach production, we have the capacity to redesign the product as necessary to accommodate replacement parts and to quickly ensure that everything still works as it should. (Fortunately, the one component that would be especially difficult to replace—the ESP32 at the heart of DeepDeck—has plenty of quantity in stock everywhere we’ve checked, so we’re not too worried about that one.)

As far as we’re concerned, our biggest challenge is making sure that DeepDeck continues to evolve. It’s pretty cool as it is, but we’re doing everything in our power to nurture a thriving community of users with all of the resources it might need to share key layouts, add sensors, improve firmware, and come up with new ways of using DeepDeck that we didn’t imagine!

In the Press

Geeky Gadgets

"[Y]ou can easily map DeepDeck’s keys and knobs to your favorite shortcuts in any IDE SUCH AS VS Code, the Arduino IDE, or Eclipse depending on your preference."

PCBWay Community Blog

"[Deep Deck] can connect to your devices via Bluetooth, no matter what system your device is. You can also improve your productivity by customizing DeepDeck."

Hackster News

"DeepDeck is a unique new DIY macropad that utilizes an ESP32 to add WiFi and Bluetooth for interesting purposes."

Hackaday

Hackaday

"Deepdeck from [Nick Velasquez] is... an attempt to make a macropad with functionality that goes way beyond simply pressing keys."

DIY Electronics

"An ESP32 is used by DeepDeck, a novel new DIY macropad, to connect WiFi and Bluetooth for intriguing uses."

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Produced by DeepSea Developments in Palo Alto, California.

Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.

DeepDeck

A fully-assembled DeepDeck Deluxe with all the goodies. Includes the main board, a PCB for switches, a rear PCB, an OLED screen, two knobs, 16 transparent keycaps, 16 Gateron white switches, and an additional gesture sensor for yet another way to control your devices and services.

$75 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

DeepDeck Deluxe Kit

Everything you need for quick, easily assembly. Includes the main board, a PCB for switches, a rear PCB with screws, an OLED screen, two knobs, 16 transparent keycaps, 16 Gateron white switches, and an additional gesture sensor for yet another way to control your devices and services.

$70 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

DeepDeck Keyboarder Kit

Ideal for those who already have their own switches, keycaps, and knobs. Includes the main board, a PCB for switches, a rear PCB with screws, and an OLED screen.

$57 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

DeepDeck Maker Kit

For makers who want to build their own enclosure and source their own keycaps, knobs, switches, etc. Includes the main board and a PCB for switches. Does not include an OLED screen, switches, or keycaps.

$49 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

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About the Team

DeepSea Developments

Palo Alto, California  ·  deepseadev  ·  DeepSea-Developments  ·  deepseadev.com

Creating IoT products from idea to mass production and anything in between.

Nick Velasquez

electronick-co

Joss Uribe

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