Here’s How to Mechanize Your PocketC.H.I.P. Keyboard

Fully assembled PocketC.H.I.P. “mechanical” keyboard.

You might not be able to fit the classic Cherry MX Blue keyboard switches on PocketC.H.I.P., but you can definitely 3D print and install Anthony DiGirolamo’s amazing PocketC.H.I.P. “mechanical” keyboard.

View of Clippy paper clips threaded through the case bezel and keys.

You read that right! This keyboard has a mechanical action thanks to paper clips that thread through the case bezel and keys. While the action isn’t spring loaded like the Cherry switches (pictured below), the paper clip provides a pivot point and makes it easy to depress the keys.

Innards of Cherry MX Brown and an intact Cherry MX Blue.

Anthony’s bezel is based on the work of another Pocketeer, Vincent John, whose keyboard implemented a D-pad style button for the arrow keys. It’s perfect for those intense PICO-8 speed runs of Celeste.

Give your thumbs a break with a proper D-pad!

Want to find more cool case modifications for your PocketC.H.I.P.? Head on over to the forum mega thread on case mods and join the conversation. And make sure to share your PocketC.H.I.P. creations with us on Twitter!

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