Ben Cooper's first split design: the corneoid askew-kbd with some splay.
KBD.news Published February 24, 2023
Based on foostan's Corne/crkbd, Ben Cooper aka bncpr shared the files of his askew-kbd.
Four "thumb" keys, splay, reversible PCB, hot-swappable low-profile switches with Choc spacing.
This is my first split design. Inspired by crkbd. Angled columns, with the two pinky columns having the strongest angle – bncpr.
What makes this layout interesting is the unusual vertical offset of the innermost column:
It's staggered slightly higher than the index finger. I find that one of the least comfortable keys to press is the B key on qwerty (index goes inner and down) so I tried to minimize that travel. It's not a huge improvement over no stagger, but I guess it's better than having it lower – Ben.