40 keys to replicate simulator functions for X-Plane.
X-KeyPad for X-keys
X-KeyPad provides an advanced driver for X-keys® devices to control X-plane 10 or 11. X-KeyPad in conjunction with X-Keys input hardware makes a home cockpit more immersive. You will spend less time clicking with a mouse or searching for keys on a keyboard. Clearly labeled, responsive, and prototypical buttons let you focus on the flight instead of the computer.
P.I. Engineering and Stick and Rudder Studios collaborated to configure this special kits for the XK-80 including a free back-light mask. The mask reduces bleed over from adjacent keys to make is easier to recognize the individual key illumination triggered by X-keyPad. The two units featured in the demo video have these masks installed.
|Operating System||Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10|
|Free Programming Software||Windows: MacroWorks 3.1|
|Free Software Development Kits||Windows (C++, C#, VB.NET)
OS X SDK
Raw HID (any language/OS)
|Emulation Modes||HID keyboard, HID mouse, HID game controller, HID multimedia|
|Switch Types||Full-travel rubber dome, carbon on gold contacts, guaranteed for over 1 million operations|
|Number of Keys||40 single keys|
|Actuation Force||Approx. 2.5 oz (72g) break-over, approx. 1.5 oz (42g) hold|
|Keycaps||0.625” (16mm) sq.; relegendable with Cherry MX compatible stem|
|Key Spacing||0.75" O.C.|
|Backlighting||40 blue and red LEDs, individually addressable|
|Connector||Wired USB 2.0 standard “A” plug|
|Cord Length||118” (3 m)|
|Dimensions and Weight||19” x 1.75” x 1.4", (483 mm x 44 mm x 10 mm), 21 oz. (600 g)|
|USB Type||USB 1.1 compatible through 3.0 Type-c with adapter|
|Power Source||USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC|
|Current Draw||No BL: 40 mA, All Blue: 80 mA, All Red: 110 mA, All Red and Blue: 140 mA|
|Temperature Range||-20 to 60 C|
|Memory Capacity||Approximately 21,000 keystrokes or commands in onboard memory|
|Memory Type||EEPROM, non-volatile memory (X-keys retains memory for over 200 years)|
|Environmental Rating||IP 40, typical indoor office environment|
|Certifications||FCC class B, CE, RoHS, WEEE compliant|
Download PDF: XKE-40 DD.pdf
Sketchup 3D Model
We offer this Sketchup model as a 3D rendering of the XKE-40 for viewing or planning purposes. Dimensions and details of the model, while reasonably accurate, should not be used for critical specifications.
X-KeyPad can be run in a registered (paid) and unregistered (free) mode. The unregistered version will limit you to defining keys 0 – 31 on an X-Key device. The registered version allows you to define all keys from 0 – 127.
You can download the plugin for both the registered and unregistered version below. Even if you have not purchased an X-Key device yet it is a good idea to download the archive, read the manual, and look at the sample configurations. They will give you a good idea what is involved with setting up your future X-Key device. There are also some X-KeyPad tutorial videos here.
Obtain a license key by registering your copy of X-KeyPad here: https://www.stickandrudderstudios.com/x-keypad-for-x-keys/