@neildarlow That's probably way over my head right now. I guess you should never say never thought. :)

A fancy picture of our keyboard prototype. Do note that this is not the final look. The screws are going to be flat and black and the keycaps are sold separately.

I got the first aluminum version of the switch plate today. It looks good, but something is off with the holes for the stabilizers. I have to check the source files if I messed something up from the previous prototype that was in acrylic.

I just placed an order on 50 circuit boards with the Aves 65. This version also features USB-C. This is exiting!

@egret I know, but I don't want to do that when I go to production. It will take too much time. :)

The second prototype. It's a lot better now, there's probably only a few minor tweaks left now.

They didn't have 8 mm thick frosted/milk acrylic in stock, so I used 3+5 mm clear acrylic, but it's only a prototype anyway.

The underglow isn't very visible with clear acrylic either, but with the light turned off the clear look looks a lot better than what I anticipated.

@thinkfree Thank you!

That's very true! Keyboards are probably the most important computer peripheral, yet it's one of the most underrated and overlooked thing when it comes to computers.

We hope that our future keyboards will offer something good and appreciated to the market.

There's progress, but it's slow. The first laser cutting company didn't live up to my expectations and I eventually got tired of waiting. I then decided to try to find another one.

I eventually found one and I'm now making progress. The new company is currently waiting for some of the missing materials to complete my order, but they at least had this teaser image for my second prototype case today.

Here's a great website with resources for *everthing* you need to know about mechanical keyboards.


I just placed an order on the second version of my prototype case. Let's all hope that their laser cutter doesn't break this time, resulting in me having to wait more than a month for my parts again.

After an epic delay I finally got my parts for the prototype case. It's all translucent acrylic to keep the cost down for the prototype.

@mkb It's just a classic station in acrylic for anyone who wants to mod their switches.

Something like this (but with space for all parts of the switch): m.imgur.com/t0oEn01?r

I'm hoping to be able to offer the new factory lubed switches from NovelKeys, so you won't have to mod them if you don't want to.

The order for the parts to my prototype keyboard case and my switch modding station has just been confirmed.

The waiting game can begin!

I recently got the early bird version of @hund @iokeyboards new 65% ISO, hotswap, RGB underglow PCB.

Although it being an early adopter model I have to say that it is already really matured! Everything worked out of the box; the soldering joints of the components are all perfect and the hotswap doesn't feel flimsy at all!

It is a perfect board for newcomers and tinkerers who don't like the awkward and time consuming process of (de-)soldering their switches!

Here's a quick demo of the RGB underglow. There's currently no plans for backlight support and I have no plans on adding it either.

That's because there's no high quality keycaps that supports it and I'm only aiming for high quality products.

It took a while due to some very unfortunate external factors (not related to this), but the circuit boards finally arrived here today.

They look good and I'm very excited! I will ship them out to the new owners this week.

I'm also working on a keyboard case and some other things as well. Stay tuned!

@davidak I had a 'Let's split' keyboard[1] 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.

1. hunden.linuxkompis.se/2017/07/

@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.

@Ronald1985 @Drakor I really don't know at this point. My intent is to be as competitive as possible though. But it also depends a lot on what switches and keycaps you choose.

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