We're slowly making progress towards our first product. It's a standard 65% PCB with hotswap sockets. It's powered by the open source software QMK and it features a standard ISO-layout to fit as much people as possible.
Our goal is to make custom keyboards easy and available for everyone.
@iokeyboards I think this will be my very first custom keyboard! Just need to figure out how buy it from Argentina
@Drakor I'm glad you're taking interest in it. We'll figure it out! Hopefully shipping won't be too expensive. :)
@iokeyboards why would anyone design a keyboard in 2020 with a key layout from typewriters from 1873? we should be a step further today.
i think the way to go is a vertically staggered (aka ortholinear) layout. just look at your fingers!
like the https://ergodox-ez.com/ has
why is your product needed? what makes it special?
there are a lot of 65% ISO hotswap PCBs with QMK firmware. for example here for about $60 (except that they are always sold out)
@davidak Change is not always progress. Ortholinear sounds good in theory, but considering how you type it's not that natural or efficient for you.
Why it's needed? People need input devices to type on. And I have never claimed that my circuit board is unique.
@iokeyboards i think switching can be hard because you learned it "the wrong way" and have developed a muscle memory over the years. the layout is developed for typewriters and don't make much sense ergonomically. it's not about typing faster, but have less health issues in the long run
but i don't have any practical knowledge yet
you should have a unique selling point to be successful. but that might just come up while developing it :)
@davidak I had a 'Let's split' keyboard for a couple of years.
I know some likes ortho and that's great for them! But for me, as a 10 finger typist, I find it harder to reach the alphanumeric letters that's the furthest away. And for ortho to begin to make sense it needs to be a split layout, so you can keep them at a straight angle to your fingers.
In the end it's personal preferences thought. This is just my personal opinion.
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