By - GoldenStallions
I just have a layer for a numpad on my split, so I don't have to have another thing on my desk
this is what i'm going to be testing out for my blender work, where a number pad is essential. i think it will work well if i can ever figure out how to program 'number pad key' and not 'top rop number key'
Qmk (if you're using it) has special key codes just for number pads!
my ergodox uses qmk, but the keyboards i'm building are esp32's so i'm going to have to write everything from scratch... i dont expect it to be too hard but knowing what codes to use is going to take some research. unless some magician gets qmk working on esp32's before then
What made you choose esp32? It feels like a heavy lift, so I suspect you must have a strong reason.
A lot of reasons. The first being cost. Five boards for 20 bucks? With a crazy amount of power? Yes please. Another reason is that I'm adding a trackball to my keyboard and wanted some breathing ro.for clumsy programming. The esp32 allows me to try out any number of extra features
Aside from that I DO intend to, eventually, build a mobile keyboard I can use with my pi, and iirc the esp32 has some nice features for that. It's been a while since I did my research but iirc they have the ability to charge lipo's? And the next best board for wireless was like..Triple the cost or something. I'll admit it's been a while since I made the choice but I had my reasons. I definitely would have picked a different board of I had realized it didn't support communication over usb though
check [this](https://github.com/Galzai/MK32) out to see if it fits before coding too much.
I put numbers on home row
You could build a usb hub into one case and add a female usb hookup.
Tap the usb lines of one device into the corresponding usb lines of the other.