All that's pretty darn good considering he's the last living midget from "The Wizard of Oz"
Follow the yellow brick road Kurplop!
P.S.- that damn keyboard is getting posted in the Split Kinesis article whenever I get around to fixing it.
Wait 'till the guys back at the Lollypop Guild see Input Nirvana's assessment. And they thought I already had a big head!
Question: Would you be willing to make another one if paid?
I am flattered and humbled by the responses. Several people have asked on the forum and through PM's if I'd make more to sell. I've hesitated responding because, although I'd love to make more, there are compelling reasons why I probably shouldn't. The first reason is time. Making anything custom always takes a huge amount of time, but it's more than that. The mental and emotional investment can be all consuming. I can be easily distracted by such things and my real work suffers. I am also concerned that without tailoring the tray to an individual's unique ergonomic specifications it may fall short of expectations. And last, I'm not sure that the design can't be improved on.
When I first saw the early ErgoDox thread a year ago, I knew I wanted to do something special with it. Like many of you I toyed with different options like what kind of case, tyoe of switches, keycaps, colors, amount of separation, tenting, etc. The question that was still unanswered, even as I was completing the keyboard, was "How are you going to integrate the trackball?". The problem is twofold. I really like trackball located on the right of the keyboard angled down about 20º but with a tented keyboard the ball would either be too low or I'd have to sawtooth the right side and then lose the smooth natural movement from keyboard to trackball. The alternative was to center mount the trackball, which offers symmetry and ambidextrous operation but at the expense of losing the more natural location, sloped on the right. Another option I didn't consider at the time would be to either not tent or minimally tent the keyboard.
I chose symmetry and while it works well there are some things I would address on future designs.
If I prefer the new design I'll donate this one for geekhack to auction off. How does that sound?