Cooler Master has launched an interesting new numeric keypad accessory on Kickstarter. The device is dubbed the ControlPad and it delivers 24 mechanical keys (choose either Cherry MX Red or Gateron Red), two precision scroll wheels up top, and is fully RGB backlit. A matching removable wrist rest is pictured next to the ControlPad in many of the promotional photos.
The ControlPad is claimed to be “a passion project from the ground up” and the most interesting thing about the keypad is that provides analogue control. Each of the 24 keys is pressure sensitive. In practice that means each key can detect the gradual pressure being applied and translate that into onscreen action or control. For example, in gaming, the key assigned for forward movement can have slight pressure applied to follow behind a slow moving NPC without stopping and starting, or you push the ‘pedal to the metal’ to move forward swiftly.
We have seen a full mechanical analogue keyboard on Kickstarter before. Back in the summer of 2016 we noted that the Wooting One was successfully funded, and that device has since been succeeded by the Two. Cooler Master gives you a taste of this technology, and perhaps all you need on a dedicated accessory with its 24 configurable keys. With this in mind Cooler Master is promoting ‘dedicated keycap sets’, stylised with different colours and symbols for games genres and apps (sets for controlling various tools, actions and so on in Photoshop, Illustrator or Premiere).
If Cooler Master’s ControlPad sounds interesting to you, an attractive entry level is the Gateron Early Bird price of $55. For this sum you will be offered the ControlPad (Gateron Red switches), a keycap puller, an exclusive ‘goodie pack,’ and your choice of one extra keycap set. Cooler Master only emailed HEXUS about this project yesterday evening and it is up and running and one third funded with 44 days to go, at the time of writing.