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Kai Ascend

Ascend is a cute split keyboard designed and shared by Kai H. Chang.
Published April 11, 2024
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Kai H. Chang aka K-H-C shared Ascend, this feature-packed split with encoders, displays, and much more.

First time designing my own keyboard. Also my first Kicad project – Kai.

The author wanted a board with both MX and Choc switches (not combined footprints but MX switches for the main area and Chocs for the thumb keys), while creating a natural elevation when used without wrist rests. Saving desk space was one of the design goals, so the board is wireless (utilizing ZMK).


  • 36 keys
  • MX main area, Choc thumb keys
  • hotswap sockets
  • encoder
  • display
  • Pro Micro footprint

The design was inspired by the Wubbo.


Caps are KLP Lamé by braindefender.

Things I learned from this project: print more and spend more time feeling; displays are good for debugging and aesthetics, nothing more really; one knob is enough and I don't really need it when I have a programmable mouse; design cases with sunk screws next time; no function beats the feeling of making the keyboard smaller – Kai.


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Published on Thu 11th Apr 2024. Featured in KBD #161 (source).


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