CAT Is Not Your Average Meow-cropad

Are you completely over the idea of the keyboard in any flattish form and looking for something completely different for inputting your data? Or do you want a mega macropad for 3D design, GIMP or Inkscape work, or to use while relaxing with a nice first-person shooter? Then this ergonomic, double-fistable keyboard/controller mashup named CAT may be what you’re looking for.

Inside each of these slinky felines is pretty much what you’d expect to find — 25 or so switches and an Arduino Pro Micro. Interestingly enough, the switches are all lever-action and not push buttons. There are two breeds of CAT available to build or buy: one has 25 buttons, and the other has a joystick or trackball on the thumb between two upper and two lower buttons. You could have one type for each hand!

More information is available on the Lynx Workshop site, which is where you’ll also find tutorials and instructions for everything from the 3D printing to the electronics to the assembly and coding. There is even a bonus 3D modeling tutorial. Don’t want to invest the time to make your own CAT? These kitties are also available for pre-order. Claw past the break to check them out in action.

Looking for something with regular keyswitches? Oh, we have plenty of those.

3 thoughts on “CAT Is Not Your Average Meow-cropad

  1. interesting, wonder how comfortable it is ergonomically for different hand sizes.

    I was thinking of something in a very similar form factor but mirror paired to go into the arm rests of the Sim/ normal computer chair I’ve not managed to finish building, when that chair finally gets to exist maybe I’ll try this thing.

  2. This cool looking project and that first paragraph has given me a bit more confidence to continue slowly working on my wireless keyboard / macropad / spacemouse project.

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