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Issue 162 / Week 15 / 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 7+7 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #162

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



The PNCATEHO by aroum is a 10-key chording keyboard for Russian.

Masonry keyboard

The Masonry by dj_edit is another ergoish columnar keyboard projected on a rectangular keyboard shape.

Kai Simple

Kai H. Chang's next design is the low-profile wireless Kai Simple split.


Wysteria is jwe's split keyboard with lots of features.



A keycap generator by Sam Hughes: key-sweep creates multi-axis contoured keycaps.


TapXR review

The TapXR is a wrist-worn device: keyboard, mouse & controller in one. It's a fun gadget but works best within its closed ecosystem.

Quick news

Warning! Highly addictive! Glyphica is a typing survival game by fellow community member Sharde aka xm-zhou/aliasBlack. Type to shoot, level up, survive & hoard coins to buy upgrades. Lots of upgrades. Typing does pretty everything, there is no secondary control mechanic (movement, mouse-aim, etc). The difficulty level of the free demo released last Friday is pretty easy, touch typers will grind on for an hour and get to about level 50-60 where the game crashes when running out of power-ups. :D To be fixed later I guess, but playing Glyphica is lots of fun anyway.

A handwired "split Preonic" made by vanlyndgen using two 6*5 switch testers.

SandwichRising/dyst0pi4 published a new Keeb68 build log.

Closed source: Sweetkb by venisterkr with Gateron low-pro switches and NuPhy caps.

Qazimodo aluminum prototype.

La Somme (IC) is a Chiffre-like monoblock – in cerakoted aluminum or frosted acrylic, and with an interesting back profile (renders).

I don't usually feature group buys, but URSA is something different. Custom keycaps for Topre keyboards, brought to you by 23_Andreas and FKcaps.

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