DirectIN Millisecond Accurate Keyboards

We make keyboards go fast. Imagine the accuracy and speed of a precision button box put into a standard USB keyboard design. Keystrokes to your PC or MAC within a millisecond.

Virtually Error-Free Keyboard Input

The convenience of a standard keyboard is finally available with the speed and accuracy of a custom made button box.  We have developed a circuit board and chip that can be used to scan and report activity in a top quality standard keyboard with almost no delay (~900 microseconds).  

We take one of the best made keyboards available and upgrade its internal electronics.  What you'll receive is one of the finest keyboards on the market that also happens to be as fast and reliable as any custom button box you can buy today. 

To house our high precision electronics, we currently use top quality Apple USB keyboards. They work perfectly with PCs and Macs (OS 10.4 or later). They are they beautifully designed, very quiet, and provide a nice tactile feedback. The standard layout is uncluttered and lends itself perfectly to laboratory research.   

Seamless Integration

The DirectIN keyboard will appear automatically as a standard keyboard when connected to any computer via regular USB or USB2. There are no settings to adjust or drivers to configure. Once the included USB cable is connected to the computer, the system is ready.  Your existing experiments will run as they always have but with virtually no timing error contributed by the keyboard.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Features & Notes

  • Note that we are not keyboard resellers. We charge only for the modification of keyboards such that they can reliably get keystroke data to your computer in under 1 millisecond. Consequently, 100% of the cost of the DirectIN PCB v2020 Keyboard is for the installation of Empirisoft's proprietary DirectIN Printed Circuit Board (PCB) . The origional keyboards we will modify are provided to you at no additional charge.
  • Keyboards should operate properly on all computers when connected via USB1 or USB2 on Microsoft Windows (all versions) or Mac Operating System (v10.4 or later).
  • Keyboards should work properly with virtually all software as they will appear to the computer as regular keyboards. 
  • Please allow up to 2-3 weeks for delivery, especially for large orders.
  • Keyboards typically ship via UPS ground. An estimated shipping cost will be added to the invoice.
  • Academic and non-profit institutions are typically tax-exempt
  • Payment for hardware needs to be received before we can assemble and ship the units.
  • DirectIN PCB v2020 Keyboards come with a full one year parts and service warranty.

Regular Price: $795/ea
Educational Price: $595/ea

See our store page for ordering information.


Hardware News

April 21st, 2020
DirectIN v2020 hardware is now available! Read more

March 21st, 2020
DirectIN v2020 hardware updated to be fully compatible with Windows 10 and Mac OS! Read more

April 21st, 2016
DirectIN v2016 hardware is now available! Read more

February 21st, 2014
Official release of our brand new Rotary Controller. Gather continuous dial and dichotomous button input in one simple unit! Read more

Feb 18, 2014
DirectIN v2014 hardware is now available! Fully compatible with all versions of Windows and OS X. Read more

January 1st, 2012
DirectIN v2012 button boxes and keyboards are ready and better than ever! Now with remote firmware updates! Read more

September 1st, 2010
Re-release of our sleek new DirectIN button boxes. Streamlined production and reduced lead time. Same super-fast circuitry and great looks! Read more

March 1st, 2005
Empirisoft releases the first circuit board that can be implanted in a standard keyboard to make it millisecond accurate. Read more

February 12, 2005
DirectIN surgery -- designing top quality keyboards with millisecond accuracy.

January 16, 2005
Release of the DirectIN Custom Response Box System., the first high-precision, plug and play box that allows you to switch button layouts.

October 24, 2004
Empirisoft hires engineering genius John Chapman to head its new hardware division.

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