A USB interface with 36 individual inputs and a trackball input!
The KE-USB36 Keyboard Encoder interfaces switches and other input devices to the computer's USB port to generate keystrokes or mouse button actions. This unit provides 36 individual inputs to allow the user to connect up to 36 switching devices, each with the ability to generate a response when activated. The KE-USB36 also features a trackball header input for use with off the shelf trackballs and spinners.
The KE-USB36 is programmed via the USB port of the computer through a standard Male/Male Type A to Type B USB cable. The pins of the unit’s input header can be programmed to emulate any key from a standard keyboard, as well as mouse buttons, when the input is activated. Keystrokes sent in response to an input may also be modified with a Shift, Alt, or Ctrl function (Example: Ctrl+F1). Once programmed, the configuration is stored on the KE-USB36 in non-volatile memory.
A printed manual and disk containing application programs are provided for the user to configure the KE-USB36 features. The programming application used to configure the KE-USB36 is a very simple and intuitive but powerful tool which allows the user to quickly set up their unit for specific application requirements.
The KE-USB36 has a total of 36 individual inputs which are activated by shorting to the provided logic ground. Any standard keystroke can be emulated for an input activation. In addition to generating keystrokes, the KE-USB36 inputs can be programmed to emulate Left, Middle, and Right mouse Buttons. Use pushbutton switches, toggle switches, or anything that creates a contact closure on the inputs. Logic outputs may drive the inputs of the KE-USB36 provided they are active low and do not supply current into the input.
The KE-USB36 provides a 2x3 header for connection to status LEDs for Num, Caps, and Scroll Lock indicators. Current limiting is provided on the unit, so LEDs can be connected directly to this header’s pins. Connection to this LED header is not required, but the status feedback is useful for many applications.
An 8-position trackball header is also available to convert quadrature signals from a Trackball or Spinner into mouse movement. Any of various standard trackballs or spinners may be used with the KE-USB36 to produce mouse cursor movement in the X and Y directions.
All power for the KE-USB36 is taken directly from the computer’s USB port, no other voltage supply is needed. Because the KE-USB36 emulates a standard USB keyboard, special drivers are not required. Any computer that supports a standard USB keyboard and mouse may be used with the KE-USB36 unit.
The KE-USB36 will work as the only keyboard on your computer or in addition with other USB keyboards, PS/2 keyboards, or other keyboard and mouse devices that are also attached to the computer.
KE-USBMM6 - Male/Male Type A to Type B USB cable to connect from the KE-USB36 to the USB port on the computer. Length = 6 feet.
IOX36 – Breakout Board plugs onto the KE-USB36 input header and provides a screw terminal for each of the 36 inputs. Includes 18-inch ribbon cable for connection to the input header.
*KE-TBH3 - Keyboard encoder to trackball connecting cable. Length = 3 feet.
*KE-SP3 - Keyboard encoder to spinner connecting cable. Length = 3 feet.
*Custom lengths up to 10 feet are available. Please contact us for pricing!