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TeeShirt

This angled monoblock keyboard by dj_edit dubbed TeeShirt comes in three different sizes.

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Published December 1, 2022
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Ming-Gih Lam's TeeShirt is a stylish unibody split – open-source and available in different sizes/cases.

Back again with another weird project of mine. TeeShirt is an ergonomic monoblock keyboard with a one-size-fits-some PCB design that supports 3 different sized builds: S, M, and L – dj_edit.

Variants

  • Size S: caseless barebones keyboard build
  • Size M: custom slim acrylic case build
  • Size L: standard 60% case (GH60 compatible) build

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Features

  • Supports 1.5u and 1.25u thumb keys to reduce gap between keycaps
  • Spacebars can be 2u or 1.5u for stab-less builds
  • Center key can be swapped out for a rotary encoder
  • Supports 128x32 OLED display
  • Utilizes hot-swap sockets
  • Uses Pro Micro MCU footprint: Elite-C, Nice!Nano, etc.

My main motivation for this was to create an ergonomic layout that can fit inside a 60% case; perfect for those of us who are looking for a more premium look and feel. I've seen some other kits that do this, but I wasn't able to find anything open source, so that's why I came up with the TeeShirt. I also wanted to simplify the PCB assembly by using an Elite-C, which means I had to relocate the USB-C to the upper left while making it low-profile enough to still fit into the case. So I did an unconventional thing and made use of the data lines on the MCU, which works like a charm! An Elite-Pi should work as well, which is why the rev2 repo version of the PCB has a cutout for you to access the D+/D- pads on the back of the MCU – dj_edit.

Pic: TeeShirt in a white granite Mason60 Zen series case by Brazen Studio

TeeShirt in a white granite Mason60 Zen series case by Brazen Studio

But not everyone wants a large 60% case, which is why I also designed 2 other builds. The medium build uses a custom stacked acrylic case which is much more compact. And the small build just uses standoffs with a bottom plate and switch plate – dj_edit.

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Published on Thu 1st Dec 2022. Featured in KBD #105 (source).


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