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Issue 163 / Week 16 / 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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Behind the scenes #163

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



Protieusz shared Ballz-Out, a Lesovoz style ortho board with trackball and trackpad support.


Mike Barnoski published his first open-source keyboard: the minimal split BR/KN with trackballs on both sides.


A modular keyboard prototype for full VIK experience: Trio by zzeneg.

Mission control PCB

A replacement PCB for the Model M122: M122ION CONTROL by dj_edit.


The NewType-36 by Protieusz is a derivative of the nowt36 – with trackball.

Quick news

Inspiration: A Lego-compatible switch plate by joshmarinacci for a handwired macropad.

For keymap wizards: I loved reading about the hybrid repeat / magic key implementation by empressabyss. Turn same-finger keypresses into inner rolls.

Handwired: dove36 by doedelsson, a skeletyl/reviung41 hybrid.

Cipulot's EC PCBs in stock at CannonKeys. (Here is a piece about these projects from the pen of the author in the 2022 MK advent calendar.)

Commercial: ZodiarkPi by S_Dev.

Closed source: Tukon is a Chocofi-derivative with per-key RGB.

Teaser: Neo Ergo – a tented Alice is Neo's fourth product. Yummy!

Bottleneck46 by Menbou. Just some pics (and a short write-up), but nice silk screen.

Jack Pikatea created some keyboard themed picture frames. You can actually buy these.

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