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Takeshi Nishio's Sandy is a multi-PCB approach to mimic a keywell on his Jones keyboard.
Published April 2, 2023
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Enlarge the photo above by clicking it and take a look at e.g. the top alpha row. Takeshi Nishio aka @jpskenn is experimenting with a multi-PCB setup to bring keywells to the otherwise flat keyboard.

Based on the symmetric layout of the Jones keyboard, the MX predecessor of his Nora if I'm right, the Sandy features PCBs on three stacked levels, with spacers between them.

The prototype of Sandy has been completed. (TOFU case for the time being.) A similar symmetrical layout to Jones with some key heights changed to make it easier for fingers to reach Y and P. You can also adjust the height with a combination of spacers, etc. Since it is treated as an experimental machine, I wonder if it will end with just a prototype.

It reminds me of Sasha Karmanov's boards, e.g. the Thumbs Up!, but the goal is the keywell rather than the tenting effect this time.


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Published on Sun 2nd Apr 2023. Featured in KBD #118 (source).



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