Keyboard Builders' Digest
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Issue 39 / Week 32 / 2021

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard builder'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 15 entries in this issue:


  • Dactyl flex by remus49. The open frame design supports adjustable tenting and pivoting thumb keys. (source)
  • Project updates: the open-source through-hole Framework by stevennguyen has a new component cover. (source)
  • Foam and plate files for Foostan's unibody Cornelius released. (source)
  • The rISOtho is an ortholinear-ISO mashup by _eLRIC. (source)
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  • A photo from the Science Museum in London posted by TheSemiHistorian opened up a whole new world to me: that of printing telegraphs'. (source)
  • Wow! The IBM System 32 is built into a desk and its "display" is a tractor feed printer. (source)
  • Remarkable design: the blue wave profile of this Chyron battleship used to update a scoreboard at a baseball stadium. (source)
  • The Key-Flex by Seth Garlock led me to Douglas Engelbart's work and The Mother of All Demos. (source)
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