Any switch can trigger an action on your computer. Any keyboard shortcut your software uses can have a designated switch (copy, paste, save, open, close). Switches are easily set up to launch applications, open files, or type short lines of text like names, addresses, and account numbers. Switches are connected via Assistive Technology standard 3.5mm (1/8”) phone plugs.
|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
Android: X-keys Android
|Free Software Development Kits||Windows (C++, C#, VB.NET)
Raw HID (any language/OS)
|USB Codes Supported||HID keyboard, HID mouse, HID game controller, HID multimedia|
|Port Types||3.5mm stereo (accepts 3.5mm mono or stereo plug)|
|Number of Ports||6 ports (split to 12 with optional Y cords)|
|Optional Accessories||Wired switches, Y cords, or USB Extender|
|Connector||Wired USB standard “A” plug|
|Cord Length||118" (3 m)|
|Wiring Distance||Up to 1,000 feet (300m) from switch to port|
|Dimensions||2.55” x 2.55” x 1.01” (65mm x 65mm x 26mm)|
|Mounting||Two 0.19” DIA mounting holes, 3” O.C. (4.8mm DIA, 76mm O.C.)|
|Weight||6 oz. (160 g)|
|USB Type||USB 1.1 compatible through 3.0 Type-c with adapter|
|Power Source||USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC|
|Power Consumption||31 mA @ 5 VDC|
|Temperature Range||-20 to 60 C|
|Memory Capacity||Approximately 1,100 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: USB 12 Switch Interface DD.pdf
Sketchup 3D Model
We offer this Sketchup model as a 3D rendering of the USB 12 Switch Interface for viewing or planning purposes. Dimensions and details of the model, while reasonably accurate, should not be used for critical specifications.
MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (free download)
P.I. Engineering SDK (free download)
Turn any single port on the Switch Interface into two ports.
We offer a wide variety of switches, buttons, and pedals compatible with the Switch Interface. More info...
Extend your X-keys up to 150 feet via CAT 5 or equivalent network cable.
Resources for Software Developers
P. I. Engineering offers a wide range of options for application developers. Click on any heading to learn more. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have friendly techs and engineers waiting to help you integrate X-keys into your solution.
Includes comprehensive examples in C#, C++, and VB.NET for Windows desktop development in Visual Studio, as well as Java for Android development in Eclipse. Supported via phone and email during standard business hours by our technical support staff.
Open source Linux support written in C++. Features code for accessing all X-keys controls and key states and includes a simple, straight forward example GUI. Written by Linux HID expert Alan Ott.</p
Assorted Eclipse projects we have created to demonstrate how to handle various input options (such as joystick and game controller button data) on Android.
Learn how to read the X-keys’ raw output and use it to integrate X-keys into your application in any language, on any HID-enabled platform.
See how to integrate your X-keys with the Hardware Mode, Software Mode with MacroWorks Software, or the Software Mode with a Custom Application.
See how other developers have implemented X-keys for fun and profit.