"Who was that shape in the shadows? Whose is that face in the mask?"Ladies and Gentlemen!
I am happy to finally announce a project of mine in co-operation with PrinsValium
of the Symmetric Stagger Board
For a long time I have lusted after the Korean custom keyboards, jealous of the ability to use a full set of Cherry double shot and dye sub keycaps without substitutes!
You see, I never cared about their CNC carved Alumin(i)um bodies and I spoke about that on a few occasion. The holy grail, for me, are the keycaps
I reached out to PrinsValium, told him my story and asked if he was interested. Luckily, he shares my views on this and he agreed to [strike]help me out[/strike] do all the work for me.
Now, before you fall asleep I'll go ahead and tell you what you probably have already guessed from the story above:We are making a PCB with a programmable controller and a mounting plate, which will enable every Filco tenkeyless user to use a full set of good old Cherry keycaps!
Wait, what? Just for the Filco tenkeyless? Why?
It's practically impossible to make one PCB compatible with all the keyboard bodies out there, so we went with this one for a few reasons:
1. The Filco is probably the most popular tenkeyless brand around here.
2. The keyboard body on the Filco is in my opinion beautiful, I actually think it looks better than the Korean custom Alumin(i)um bodies.
3. It costs a lot to make low volumes of keyboard bodies, way more than a whole Filco tenkeyless.
4. I already own one! Yes, the privilege of being project lead.
If you still don't have a good idea what it would look like, it's basically the 86U layout!
We would need 1-sized windows keycaps for in between CTRL and ALT, but luckily there are cheap Cherry boards with just the right keycaps available.Great! So what?!
Glad you asked! In this thread I will answer your questions and see how many of you are interested
in buying your very own Phantom!
Later, when all the technical and logistical details are sorted out, I will open a group buy thread.
For the record, we are working on this for a month already and it's nearly complete. Expect the group buy thread soon!I want to know MOAR!
Ask away in the thread! Please don't send PM's unless you are a really really fine looking young lady, I will check for that!
Also, there is a FAQ coming which I will post below this one. Stay tuned!Interest list:
If I overlooked you or included you on mistake, please say so.