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Issue 75 / Week 17 / 2022

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 14 entries in this issue:

Editorial

Behind the Scenes of Issue 75

Domain renewal, new promo codes and the dangerous ground of sponsorship offers, new supporters and vendors. Newsletter test and performance, status of developments & acquisitions.


Projects

ErgoTravelXT

u/Stefak's ErgoTravelXT is a foldable split keyboard with XT60 connectors.


EVEN44

EVEN44 is a split keyboard by u/fmash16 – 3D printed, handwired, 3x6+4 keys with an encoder.


EC87

Cipulot's EC87 is an Electrostatic Capacitive (EC) TKL keyboard PCB.


Slice36

Slice36: a Xiao RP2040 powered 36 key split by u/MReavley.


Community

ZMK's second birthday

Pete Johanson's write-up for the second birthday of the ZMK firmware.


Tips & Tricks

Seeeduino Xiao RP2040

Another RP2040-based controller with relatively small form factor: Seeeduino Xiao RP2040.


The (Japanese) duplex matrix

There are two completely different keyboard matrices referred to as duplex matrix. Let's examine the Japanese one, which makes possible to handle 160-200 keys with a single Pro Micro.


Homemade key socket cover

A homemade key socket cover open-sourced by u/qubist1.


Keyboard Spotting

Lighting controller cyberdeck

A portable DMX lighting controller posted by u/aleigh9812.


Inspiration

Modelo 96

Modelo 96 – a custom ortholinear PCB by u/TillerCPE in a Melody 96 case.


First Hummingbird of the season

A wireless Hummingbird by u/filibustercrankcase sporting a Seeeduino Xiao BLE controller.


Ortho Protozoa P02

u/smellycoat made an ortholinear PCB to fit a Protozoa P02 case – with a giant knob.


TENET 70%

An interesting layout concept by oy2r of Metakey: TENET 70% keyboard kit.


This issue was made possible by the support of:
splitkb.com, MoErgo Glove80, u/chad3814, Aiksplace, @kaleid1990, @keebio, Timo, ghsear.ch, cdc, Sean Grady, kiyejoco, Bob Cotton, FFKeebs, Richard Sutherland, @therick0996, Joel Simpson, Nuno Leitano, KEEBD, Spencer Blackwood, Yuan Liu, Lev Popov, Christian Mladenov, Davidjohn Gerena, Alexey Alekhin, Fabian Suceveanu

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

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