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Issue 168 / Week 25 / 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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Editorial

Behind the scenes #168

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


Projects

Moon60

An open-source split by Przemysław Paciorek and Damian Pryszcz: Moon60.


mnhTTn

Designed by fooker, mnhTTn is a 36-key column-staggered split keyboard using Cherry MX ULP switches.


Alias

A new unibody split designed by dohn-joh: Alias – with lever keycaps.


Form Zero

Tien Pham's Form Zero is a gasket mounted hotswap ortholinear keyboard.


Lexicon keyboard

Lexicon is a 65% "writing keyboard" designed by Ewen Cluney – with a layer full of whole words.


Harite

Dane Lipscombe shared his Harite, a split input device with 5-way switches and trackpads.


Jack32

Jerome Olivier designed a nice unibody split: Jack32 – with splay and only one thumb key.


Re-gret keyboard

The Re-gret is a 34-key remix of the Egret keyboard – both unibody splits designed by Ryan Schenk.


Community

National Keyboard Meetup Day 2024

There's National Keyboard Meetup Day again, this year on July 27th. With lots of meetups and live streams.


Quick news

Joe's ScottoModules is a series of Kicad templates that hopes to make designing integrated MCU boards a bit simpler. The first release is based upon the STM32F072CBT6.


Lucca 58HE by Maka8295 is a Hall effect split keyboard.


Gareth aka Outrageous-Half shared two drop-in converters. The Xiao-Pro maps the Xiao footprint to the Pro Micro one, and the RP2040-Zero-Micro maps the Waweshare RP2040 Zero to the Pro Micro footprint (source). Solder jumpers make them reversible. Also, don't look for holes, these use SMD pin headers.


Hammerhead42. Final prototype by Bauns. Looks handwired but looks cool anyway.


TAP4 by DanL4. I really like the look of this monoblock split. The splay makes it even more classy. More photos.


A split desk clamp tray idea by Caleb Richter. With tenting. And files.


Alpha Rockhopper keyboard by Appropriate_Hippo502 is made from paper. I mean, I'm a big fan of cardboard prototyping, but don't really get the role of Amoeba PCBs in this case.


Spray green zan 40.


A gorgeous Temper build by Plastic_Depth – with some twists.


The QwertyKey80 Astro keycaps have some rizz. Posted by RaduW07.


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