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Issue 160 / Week 13 / 2024

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 8+12 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #160

Keyboard projects, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and lots of discount codes!


Corne V4

The Corne V4, this latest iteration of foostan's iconic split, comes with on-board MCU.

Micro Journal

A series of writerdecks: Micro Journal for distraction-free writing – designed by Un Kyu Lee.


Daniel Bauer's wireless split Corax54 ditches one key of his previous model.

Ergohaven K:02 PCB

With the release of the PCB, the K:02 by Ergohaven is completely open sourced now.


The Cornball by Protieusz is a heavily modified Cornelius – with an integrated trackball and some LEDs.


MelGeek Modern97 review

The Modern 97 is one of the recent models in a family of gorgeous keyboards designed by MelGeek: a prebuilt three-mode wireless 90% board.

Tips & Tricks

Quantum Painter tutorial

How to add Quantum Painter/color LCD to (almost) any QMK keyboard – a tutorial by Esse Woods aka OakNinja .

Quick news

Juha Kauppinen's Cygnus 1.0 has been officially released. Already featured back in February, there are now some more variants available, e.g. a 3x6 version.

Imperial44 by Ergohaven. Product page.

The handwired lets_mimich is a split ortho by Lu aka anothermimich. Inspired by the Let's split.

Prime52 by Ok-March1037 – a split keyboard with double joystick layout, plus some encoders. Repo later.

Rzr36 is the BLE Choc version of MReavley's Slice36 (no files shared (yet?)).

Keyboard "skin" by Snoo_544.

Grumpy(bird) – a handwired modification of Weteor's Grumpy, committed by bravekarma.

Keysmet is a "scriptable micro-console", offering a new way to create and play electronic games. A macropad with live programmability for fun and also learn coding I guess.

GetMyNerdOn made some room on the flanks for this flowery build. Obviously, the Kit Adam is excellent keyboard art material thanks to the Lego structure.

A tented wooden case by blatino-panther for a split Iris.

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