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Issue 137 / Week 39 / 2023

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard enthusiast's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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There are 7+5 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #137

Quick news, donation issues, in the mailbox, meetups, updates, RSS issues etc.


Noname ortho with X switches

This wireless split ortho keyboard by tdilshod supports X switches as well.

Super 16 V3

The Super 16 V3 is the latest version of this cute 4x4 macropad by 1Up Keyboards – now with open-source PCB.


The SHO by fmash16 is a XIAO based 36-key Choc split keyboard.


Yakamoz is a 50-key ortholinear keyboard by Özkan Çelik – it comes with an OLED display, buzzer, optional trackball and RGB underglow.

Tips & Tricks


The Svlinky is a new open-source RP2040 controller that natively supports Sadek Baroudi's VIK standard proposal.


NMB Intergraph AQ6

This fancy Intergraph AQ6 is just a rubberdome keyboard, but definitely not your usual membrane one. And it's part of gamedev history.

Quick news

Two boards from fmash16: KORA and SHO – a new XIAO based 36-key Choc split keyboard.

Slightly related: Ariamelon's Honeydew with the Kiwano VIK module (ring encoder).

This bent metal sheet ortho by barbara_fries_hens will be open sourced in the future, just like wayduh's Orthofly – after fixing an issue with the PCB.

Sans – a splayed split by ThePsychedelicSeal.

Controllers: Other than the Svlinky, the Supermini nRF52840 was also discussed in the community this week: it's a cheaper alternative to the nice!nano 2.0, available on AliExpress. And the proXiao by aroum (referenced in the Enki42 post) belongs here too.

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