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Offline h40

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[IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 17:56:31 »
hi. My name is h40 and I will soon be offering for in-stock purchase an Alice case I’ve named Amano that I have been working on. This is the second run, and it will include some design and material option changes from round one.

All updated files will be open sourced at https://github.com/h40io/Amano after fulfillment.

Round 1 Pictures



Round 2 Renders



Carrying Case Demo Foam Demo


Features
  • Top mount
  • Stainless Steel or Brass Weight
  • Sandblasted polycarbonate top and bottom case
  • Solderable RGB underglow PCB
  • Matching wrist wrest (Optional)
  • Protective Carrying case with Wrist Rest Support

Specification
  • 7 degree angle
  • Case colors: Smoke Polycarbonate, or ? (Secret Small Batch)
  • Weight Material Options: Brass, or Stainless Steel
  • Plate Material Options: Aluminum, Brass, or Matching Smoke Polycarbonate
  • Solderable RGB Underglow PCB (Mechlovin’ Adelais)
  • Support for standard Alice plates

Options and Pricing
This pricing configuration is based on fulfillment of 100 case units, extra PCBs and plates Subject to change and limited availability.

Case, Plate and PCB: $395 USD
Extra PCB: $40 USD
Extra Plate: $35 USD
Matching Wrist Rest: $95 USD

What’s in the box?
  • Keyboard Case, Plate, PCB
  • Wrist Rest (Optional)
  • Carrying Case with Wrist Rest Support
  • Case Screws
  • 3 modifier LEDs

More Info
https://h40.io
https://discord.gg/FVnwNzdKyS
« Last Edit: Sat, 25 September 2021, 22:28:18 by h40 »

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 18:00:50 »
It's hard for pictures and renders to do this board justice, it's truly gorgeous in person. Good luck on round 2, and thanks for continuing to support EJI. Such a great thing to see.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 18:02:25 »
Well I got a Rukia sized hole to fill in my collection & at a quick glance this looks like it could fill that spot pretty well!

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 18:03:58 »
I think renders could be improved, but it looks very nice  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 18:28:32 »
took the L on Rukia.
This board looks like it will help me with that.
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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 18:50:15 »
any chance to buy a plateless version if I don't care for SS or brass? or maybe even offer other materials for the plates

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 18:59:58 »
any chance to buy a plateless version if I don't care for SS or brass? or maybe even offer other materials for the plates

Plate Material Options: Aluminum, Brass, or Matching Smoke Polycarbonate

Offline h40

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 19:02:00 »
I think renders could be improved, but it looks very nice  :thumb:
I'll follow up with prototype pictures. I've done a bunch of renders but they all suck compared to R1 photos. Just check those out if renders don't suit your fancy.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 19:35:43 »
looks great i also love that the files will be open source

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 15 September 2021, 21:15:40 »
watching this

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 16 September 2021, 01:33:59 »
Looks great and nice that you're open sourcing it.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:07:58 »
hot damn this looks nice  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 11:37:59 »
Excited for r2 :)

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 14:58:12 »
"In-stock" is the key-word here. All the Rukia folks will be relieved :)

This looks seriously interesting; I'm pretty tempted to pick one up. Have you thought of offering a non-smoked PC version as well?

Also, is there room in the top mount for o-rings?
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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 16:03:50 »
"In-stock" is the key-word here. All the Rukia folks will be relieved :)

This looks seriously interesting; I'm pretty tempted to pick one up. Have you thought of offering a non-smoked PC version as well?

Also, is there room in the top mount for o-rings?

How much room do you need for o-rings? I can measure.

Also, I am indeed planning on non-smoked PC version, but will not disclose option(s) until sale.

For those that want pictures there are plenty of R1 pics out in the wild, as well as sound tests.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 17:03:47 »
Also, is there room in the top mount for o-rings?

How much room do you need for o-rings? I can measure.

I think 4mm x 1mm x 1.5mm is a pretty common o-ring size. Folks can correct me if I'm wrong
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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 17:22:38 »
any chance to buy a plateless version if I don't care for SS or brass? or maybe even offer other materials for the plates

plateless is not possible, this board is top mount

Offline h40

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 18:07:21 »
Also, is there room in the top mount for o-rings?

How much room do you need for o-rings? I can measure.

I think 4mm x 1mm x 1.5mm is a pretty common o-ring size. Folks can correct me if I'm wrong
Assuming you are referring to o-rings between plate and top case, no.

Without modifying the top case plate mounting and/or bottom case cavity there wouldn't be enough clearance for PCB, and the keycaps would be much too recessed.

I could design the case to support o-rings but it would then require them. Not sure I want to.

You could with an accurate drill press modify.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 23:01:09 »
any chance to buy a plateless version if I don't care for SS or brass? or maybe even offer other materials for the plates

plateless is not possible, this board is top mount

Pretty sure they were asking if they can buy Amano without a plate because they would like to use a different material.

That said, I absolutely love the PC plate that came with my R1 Amano, it's one of the best typing experiences I've had.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 18 September 2021, 23:04:34 »
any chance to buy a plateless version if I don't care for SS or brass? or maybe even offer other materials for the plates
what plate material would prefer?

keep in mind the plate (along with all other) files are open, and it also supports any standard alice plate.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 03:29:09 »
A good looking Alice with a matching wrist rest.  Nice work.
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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 19 September 2021, 13:15:04 »
Also, is there room in the top mount for o-rings?

How much room do you need for o-rings? I can measure.

I think 4mm x 1mm x 1.5mm is a pretty common o-ring size. Folks can correct me if I'm wrong
Assuming you are referring to o-rings between plate and top case, no.

Without modifying the top case plate mounting and/or bottom case cavity there wouldn't be enough clearance for PCB, and the keycaps would be much too recessed.

I could design the case to support o-rings but it would then require them. Not sure I want to.

No worries! Carry on as intended, I wouldn't want to force a redesign and more protos -- more of curiosity than anything
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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 09:13:28 »
I will be prototyping support in top case for o rings.


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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 21 September 2021, 09:17:14 »
I will remove mention of finances in sale but please know the charity is one I like and still plan on donating half of profits to. Finances will be open sourced just as they were in R1.

The intention isn't to "build donation into the price" but mostly to substantiate this is more of a passion project and a way to give to both this community and a charity I support and respect.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 26 September 2021, 22:23:39 »
This looks amazing, very intersted.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #25 on: Mon, 27 September 2021, 11:50:27 »
Looks rad.
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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #26 on: Mon, 27 September 2021, 12:00:54 »
any chance to buy a plateless version if I don't care for SS or brass? or maybe even offer other materials for the plates
what plate material would prefer?

keep in mind the plate (along with all other) files are open, and it also supports any standard alice plate.

lmao yeah as people have pointed out I somehow missed the part where the other materials were listed, they're pretty much perfect and I'll be going for pc myself  :D

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 28 September 2021, 12:39:39 »
I would buy this in a heartbeat. When does this go in stock?

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 28 September 2021, 13:17:13 »
Wow, beautiful!

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 28 September 2021, 15:37:23 »
Saw the thread of personal builds on discord and they all look fantastic. In for one!

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 19 October 2021, 14:06:47 »
Super quick update...



I should have prototypes in hand soon and will do a few builds and soundtests. I have narrowed it to 3 PC color options. Render above, actual prototype pictures from manu are in discord. They match quite well actually.

S - Smoke
SD - Orange
C - Frosted

Carrying case, hardware, PCB, etc orders are ready to rock, just waiting for final prototype fitment.

I have basically two decisions left before submitting Round 2 order to manufacturers assuming fitment is okay with prototypes.

1. How many of each color PC to purchase.
2. Whether to use standard or O-ring burger mount.

Aiming for in-stock availability before CNY 2022 conservatively.
« Last Edit: Tue, 19 October 2021, 14:41:21 by h40 »

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 20 October 2021, 22:03:11 »
The orange color is kinda meh. Frosted / clear will be a nice 2nd option though.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 00:21:38 »
i would like to see atomic purple colored pc instead of the orange tbh

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 05:36:31 »
What's the front height? Couldn't find it anywhere. Very interested in this!

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 21 October 2021, 07:52:25 »
Can't go wrong with Frosted

But the orange one also not a big fan. I just don't think it will go with many keycaps.

+1 for a atomic purple, good retro gameboy vibes and there are many purple sets.
       

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 22 October 2021, 12:32:18 »
What's the front height? Couldn't find it anywhere. Very interested in this!
Front height is 18.75mm. This and all other dimensions are available in open sourced material should you want to know any more details.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #36 on: Fri, 22 October 2021, 20:33:22 »
Love it! Really hope to see an arisu layout version in the future

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 31 October 2021, 17:00:52 »
I can't wait for this one to drop.

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 31 October 2021, 17:03:44 »
goated!!! Amano > Rukia  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 04 November 2021, 23:01:01 »
In for a Frosted PC version with Brass plate!! This is what Rukia should have been, 2 years ago.

What's the RGB like on the PCB and is it USB-C? Will you have an option for a Rotary Encoder?

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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 04 November 2021, 23:05:42 »
In for a Frosted PC version with Brass plate!! This is what Rukia should have been, 2 years ago.

What's the RGB like on the PCB and is it USB-C? Will you have an option for a Rotary Encoder?

USB-C, Underglow RGB and Rotary Encoder support on all 3 keys on left cluster  ;D
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Re: [IC] Amano - A Smoke Polycarbonate Alice
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 29 November 2021, 10:40:53 »
I've done some thorough testing of both burger and normal top mount and while the typing feel is slightly softer with an aluminum plate I'm not sure I prefer it considering the additional complexity (logistically and for assembly).

Final (fairly confident) prototypes will arrive to me in about a week. I'm testing a number of things. Including but not limited to: weight design, alternative case material and finishing, inner case dimension tolerances, and their various impact on feel and sound.

I've secured an additional alternative carrying case prototype which I am very pleased with as well. It's slightly bigger but ultimately cheaper for me.

Thank you for any and all attention and support here. I am very much looking forward to submitting final order soon after next week.

As always discord is the best place for most recent up-to-date journal and stream of conscience.

Also, here's a video I took of some more recent tests. https://youtu.be/xTJM1KPCYwc