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Wild Berry Pause 'n Play Pedal

A foot pedal that sends 'k' when pressed so I can pause and restart videos with my foot. Also, the pedal looks like a Wild Berry Pop-Tart.

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I am trying to emulate the sustain pedal (Casio SP-3) that came with my digital piano, using the controller from an old keyboard, an Outemu blue switch, and a spring out of an assortment from Microcenter.

I watch a lot of videos writing for Hackaday, and there's a lot of pausing and restarting while I take notes. I usually take notes by hand on paper, and if I keep doing that, this pedal will make it more seamless. 

BUT, with a pedi-powered pause pedal, I could watch the video on my main screen, and take notes on another computer without taking my hands off the home row or switching focus back and forth between the video and the text editor.

  • 1 × old donor USB keyboard or PS/2; you do you
  • 1 × Cherry MX blue switch *click*
  • 2 × M4 threaded inserts brass
  • 2 × M4 screws not brass
  • 2 × rotational force providers

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  • still trying to make the lid fit

    kristina panos2 days ago 0 comments

    I've printed the lid twice now, and the holes are still a bit misaligned from the ones in the bottom. It kind of works if you hold it together just so, but that won't do.

  • It was a great day for mail

    kristina panos01/28/2020 at 02:01 0 comments

    I ordered some lovely purple PLA for the lid, and it came a day early. So did my genuine Cherry blues, so I'm gonna sub one of those in for the Outemu blue. 

  • Cura saved my bacon

    kristina panos01/26/2020 at 10:12 0 comments

    About three hours into printing the bottom of the case, I realized it wasn't doing the bit in the middle of the switch holder box that serves as a female for the switch's post. I checked the OpenSCAD model and saw it was floating about 3mm off the floor. Great.


    It didn't show up in the Cura layers, and the printer never did try to make it, so the print didn't get messed up. Hooray! Now I can just print the missing bit and glue it in there. Maybe I'll print it at the same time as the frosting squiggle:

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