Need a low profile RGB pushbutton with removable cap. Ideas?
I made a controller with an MX non tactile PCB TH mount with removable clear keycap. I'm looking for a low profile (shorter) alternative. This one with cap and switch is around 1". There is a WS2812 next to each button to color code the cap for visual reference. Ideally I'd like to find an RGB button internal alternative but worst case have some LED in it to backlight the text paper inside the keycap. This alternative shown on Ali is a good looking replacement, it is listed as tactile with a click which is not a good feature(ideally silent). Cherry seems to be showing an RGB LED option with 4 pins on the LED, so it would need a dedicated chip to control from the Prop. This is minimum 32 buttons, up to 48, 56. The Cherry on Digi is .71USD in <1000 pieces and the keycaps are .50USD although I just found an alternative for the cap for much cheaper in china.
Does anyone know of an option to get a 1/2" x 1/2" approx keycap, <1/2" high with removable cap that the end user can easily manage to pop off? I see vendors with a 250USD device with 32 OLED displays, I see the cheapest version of those at 17USD on Ali, 32 x 17 is more than 250 retail, not sure what their source is or volume. The cost is a factor on this, so I'm trying to beat the WS2812 + switch + cap. I have a thousand SW2812 on a reel that was not even 150 so those are cheap in bulk. But adding a controller to a standalone LED will be a cost. Prop is the controller.
Any ideas? Thanks for suggestions.