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Issue 13 / Week 6 / 2021

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Projects

Dormouse

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lhfa27/i_designed_a_3d_printed_hand_wired_40/|Dormouse]] is a 3D printed, handwired 40% by dapperrogue ([[https://imgur.com/a/4Uod3rm|gallery]] & [[https://github.com/dbostian/dormouse|git]]).


System76 Launch

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/pop_os/comments/lh5240/system76_launch_configurable_keyboard_source_code/|System76 Launch]] is a keyboard project with open source case and PCB ([[https://github.com/system76/launch|git]]). Posted by jackpot51.


Handwired Planck

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/olkb/comments/lhm06p/home_made_handwired_planck_first_time/|handwired Planck]] by tux268_ with photolog.


The naked split strikes back

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lg6biy/40s_naked_split_ortho_40_fully_addressable_rgb/|naked split ortho 40%]] by onebigdoor is back with fully addressable rgb backlighting ([[https://imgur.com/gallery/Tn5k965|gallery]]). Still without plate, case and PCB.


QAZ-Simple

QAZ-Simple: a simple, drop-in style open source [[https://github.com/dingusxmcgee/QAZ-Simple|case]] by dingusxmcgee_ for the QAZ keyboard kit.


Travel case for Sofle

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/li26mi/made_some_simple_travel_cases_for_my_sofle_link/|Travel case]] for Sofle by gianni777 with [[https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4759368|STL files]].


Review

Chicony KB-5160AT review

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/liz9b3/chicony_kb5160at_review_cherry_mx_white/|Chicony KB-5160AT]] review (Cherry MX White) by Chyrosran22 ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzJrs6u3bhI|video]]).


Opblack switch review

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lj2z5l/opblack_switch_review/|Opblack]] switch review ([[https://www.theremingoat.com/blog/opblack-switch-review|here]]) by ThereminGoat.


ErgoArrows review

A [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lfdi39/ergoarrows_review_video_english_subtitle_added/|video review]] (English subtitle) of the ErgoArrows - a split with dedicated arrow clusters posted by daihuku-key. ([[https://yushakobo.jp/shop/consign_ergoarrows/|Details/shop]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcR5LKi4U7c|blog]] in Japanese.)


Tips & Tricks

Faux-wireless setup

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/ljfxfv/semiwireless_like_wired/|Cable management]] masterclass by gr1zbot ([[https://www.instagram.com/p/CLOYWE9nhXF/|gallery]]). (more)


LEGO keyboard stand (guide)

EnAyJay made a [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/libaor/i_made_a_youtube_video_with_a_guide_how_to_make/|guide]] on how to make the LEGO stand ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx1KQjO28mQ|video]]).


Ikea tenting stand

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/ErgoMechKeyboards/comments/lhgchc/tilting_stand_long_live_ikea/|Tenting stand]] based on [[https://www.ikea.com/ch/en/p/grimar-holder-for-tablet-bamboo-30292083/|Ikea parts]] by vagabionda.


Backside rail

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lfzc0g/prototype_custom_cnc_case_with_a_new_mount_mmm/|backside rail]] is a new (?) mounting style by sab0m0v. (more)


Mouse grid navigation

An informative thread stuffed with links on [[https://www.reddit.com/r/olkb/comments/lhe6d1/is_there_a_program_that_lets_me_move_my_mouse_by/|mouse grid navigation]] - which is actually a mouseless method. (Thread started by TemperedGlassTeapot.)


Keyboard Spotting

Datalux

Take the basic rules of ergonomics and break most of them: [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lfur9t/do_any_of_you_know_of_any_keyboards_that_look/|Datalux]] spotted by Banana21y.


READY! MODEL 100

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/lfkvk4/my_sdr_friendly_portable_computer_kit_im_a_ham/|READY! MODEL 100]] is a portable computer by ready100computer. (Details [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jlafleur/ready-model-100-portable-computer-kit/|here]].) In case custom keyboards are too mainstream for you. (Sent by Grillsteak28.)


Focus62 - Alps Kishsaver

The [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lgiy15/focus62_alps_kishsaver/|Focus62 - Alps Kishsaver]] by N6NG is a board with one of Hasu's Alps64 PCBs with blue alps ([[https://i.imgur.com/kX5U6AJ.mp4|sound]]).


Inspiration

Through-hole ortho with a thumb cluster

[[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lihmnb/ic_bty80_a_throughhole_orthogonal_tkl_keyboard/|BTY-80]] - A through-hole ortholinear TKL keyboard with a thumb cluster by ajkldsz.


Keycap vacuum coating

Drygol's first attempt to [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lhyuky/keycap_vacum_coating_idea/|keycap vacuum coating]] failed, but the idea is not bad ([[https://retrohax.net/vacuum-forming-machine-build-errr-fail/|blog]]) - [[https://hackaday.com/2021/02/11/vacuum-forming-key-cap-covers-doesnt-quite-work-out/|article]] posted by LASERman71.


Wooden switch

An [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lgi5we/you_probably_know_of_artisan_keycaps_however_may/|artisan switch]] (khm) made of wood by BitchassSixtyNine.


Ahokore

This is [[https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/lfytva/ahokore/|Ahokore]] by _dezli, which makes use of a nice!nano and ZMK for Bluetooth functionality.


Transparent caps with e-ink legends

Aside from the physical layout, the idea of putting an e-ink display behind transparent caps is intriguing. ([[https://www.nemeio.com/|Nemeio]] posted by m10r-vc.)