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Timeline + Vendor Updates: Our first 3d printed prototype has arrived and we will soon be ready for our prototypes from the manufacturer which should arrive before April 20th. We will post some soundtest and build videos then and will run the group buy starting in April!

Additionally, we have decided to be our own vendor for this project. I will update here with a link to our website soon. When our groupbuy goes live all purchases including international will be made here.

Aozora | 青空
The Aozora65 is a fairly standard 65% with an extra key! Aozora features a clean design with a brass badge. Together with the plate, the badge and plate create a sleek two-tone design.

There are 4 finish options at the moment: Sumi (Black), Aizome (Navy), Sakura (Light Pink), and Hakushi (E-White). 

Sumi, Aizome, and Sakura will be sandblasted and anodized, while Hakushi will be a paint.

This board was designed by our new studio, SalmonCat. We are excited to join in on making great products at reasonable prices. We have some really cool boards planned for the future. So if you like this design, make sure to join our discord to see what we are working on.
All renders were done by our studio as well. More coming in the future!
Renders: https://imgur.com/a/fnWYpjQ

Update: We have a new badge!

After receiving a lot of feedback we have updated the badge to fit the name and hopefully provide a one of a kind look to the keyboard. Let us know what you guys think of the new badge and what more you think we can do to differentiate ourselves. Thank you!





Here are the main points.
- Typing Angle: 6-Degree
- Target Price: $200-ish (We are communicating with manufacturers for more economical design choices)
- 65%  69-key layout.
- Sandwich mount
- Full aluminum body
- Plate will be Brass (and possibly aluminum). Planning for a sandblasted finish for now.
- A couple badge options right now, with more ideas being thrown around.
- The kit comes with a top housing, plate, bottom housing, badge, screws, and PCB.
- ANSI Hot-swap
- QMK Support
- PCB + case foam


Google Form:
https://forms.gle/8p8cadxtCHTYhdSRA

Colors:
 E-White (Hakushi

 Black (Sumi)

 Blue (Aizome)

 Pink (Sakura)


Make sure to join our Discord!
https://discord.gg/4fDq9QK5e2
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/salmoncat.studio/

GB date?
We are aiming to run the GB sometime within March & April 2021
Prototyping is underway so hopefully, we will have a few typeset soon.

Vendors

Vendors and pricing TBD, but we are working with manufacturers to reach the 200USD mark.
« Last Edit: Fri, 26 March 2021, 04:17:25 by SalmonCat »

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Re: Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 13:59:44 »
Did an almost identical board almost just finish GB? https://cannonkeys.com/collections/ikki68-aurora

Offline Rayndalf

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Re: Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 14:07:36 »
Did an almost identical board almost just finish GB? https://cannonkeys.com/collections/ikki68-aurora

I mean they're both 65% boards, but that one has an injection molded case while this one is machined aluminum with the brass plate being visible from the outside.

I guess the badge placement is similar, but it's a 65%, so that's a very logical place for a badge.

If this board is in the $200 range (with case, plate, foam and hotswap PCB) it will be a great value (as was the Aurora)... affordabe customs like these really make the Drop Alt look like a Razer Blackwidow in comparison.
« Last Edit: Wed, 03 March 2021, 14:09:33 by Rayndalf »

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Re: Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 14:08:16 »
Did an almost identical board almost just finish GB? https://cannonkeys.com/collections/ikki68-aurora

Looks like a combination of that and the Saka 68 which ran last month https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=108638.0

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 14:14:53 »
They are of course similar (I personally love the Saka68 and I bought it lol). There are some design changes, and overall creating a 65% in the manner can be hard to differentiate while keeping it at a good price point at the same time. The overall look is a (albeit subjectively) cleaner, as well as another key for additional functionality.
« Last Edit: Wed, 03 March 2021, 14:37:49 by SalmonCat »

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Re: Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:07:46 »
Did an almost identical board almost just finish GB? https://cannonkeys.com/collections/ikki68-aurora

I would definitely say they are similar but there are definitely differences. The ikki68 is very nice, however.

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:23:03 »
I am not a huge fan of the additional key in the arrow cluster.  Other than that, the board looks great, simple design and hopefully the price is around what is expected.  Are there any renders for the side profile?  Looking forward to the protos, good luck.

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:25:04 »
.  Are there any renders for the side profile? 

There are I can post them in the discord : )

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:25:35 »
that one extra key next to the arrows that differentiates it from the saka68 feels very very off to me. feels very random and I think may be very upsetting to look at with caps on.

edit: after some thinking, I feel .. you put a blocker near the arrow keys to separate it and make the arrows easier to spot / identify.. so adding a random key jammed into the arrows kind of defeats the purpose of an arrow key blocker
« Last Edit: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:28:27 by Ustinj »

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:31:25 »
I guess that is kinda right, it was mainly to keep the grouping of 4 and fill up the space that in my opinion looks kinda bad on the ikki68 for example. But thank you for the feedback : D

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:44:47 »
You don't have permission to use my set for renders, why are you doing it? The colours are way off too, it's in the wrong profile, the legends are wrong.
Please remove it.

Edit: They removed it very willingly and I appreciate that.

« Last Edit: Wed, 17 March 2021, 15:34:34 by dudeship »


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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:50:37 »
yo, someone catch me if i'm tripping, but this looks exactly like an ikki68. and the name is similar to the ikki 68 aurora (aozora)
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Re: Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 15:51:34 »
Did an almost identical board almost just finish GB? https://cannonkeys.com/collections/ikki68-aurora

nah, that one is some plastic crap.



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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 16:10:01 »
You don't have permission to use my set for renders, why are you doing it? The colours are way off too, it's in the wrong profile, the legends are wrong.
Please remove it.

This is also just an Ikki Aurora clone.
Lol

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 16:14:23 »
I like that there's all these budget 68-key boards releasing, but can we please finally get one that doesn't have a gaudy ass badge between the arrow cluster and mods?

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 16:23:51 »
Lmaoooooooooo Saka and ikki copy

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 16:32:27 »
Lmaoooooooooo Saka and ikki copy
If this is a clone of those, why is saka not a clone of ikki? sure there are design similarities but I could give you a plenty long list of keyboards that look similar.

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 16:33:33 »
Lmaoooooooooo Saka and ikki copy



ikki68 maybe. but saka68? not really lol

Lmaoooooooooo Saka and ikki copy
If this is a clone of those, why is saka not a clone of ikki? sure there are design similarities but I could give you a plenty long list of keyboards that look similar.

I suggest posting the side profile photos here instead of just Discord, the side profile can really differentiate this from the other boards. i don't agree with those saying it's a clone of the saka. the only reason it should be compared to the ikki68 is the badge placement imo.

edit: in hindsight, i guess i can understand why some feel this way. I looked closer at the renders and see that the side profile is the same as the saka68 and the top profile is the ikki68, so i guess posting direct side-profile shots wouldn't really change much. then again, i think most boards are just derivatives of other designs anyway so there's nothing really wrong with it
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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 16:43:07 »
I suggest posting the side profile photos here instead of just Discord, the side profile can really differentiate this from the other boards. i don't agree with those saying it's a clone of the saka. the only reason it should be compared to the ikki68 is the badge placement imo.

We will do just that, thank you for the suggestion!

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 16:49:52 »
maybe if you had come up with a unique design of your own, i'd have liked it...

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 17:09:36 »

Here is a side profile image. Much tighter chamfer. Much smaller fillet on corners. Steeper angle.

Overall it's a much more defined, cleaner shape.
« Last Edit: Wed, 03 March 2021, 18:59:27 by SalmonCat »

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 17:12:15 »
Saka and ikki for comparison.





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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 17:16:24 »
Personally not a very big fan of the layout but GLWIC OP.  :thumb:

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« Reply #24 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 17:40:22 »
Personally not a very big fan of the layout but GLWIC OP.  :thumb:

Thank you : D

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 17:51:44 »
I like the design of the Layout!  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 18:37:13 »
The arrow key cluster is a little strange, but Iím definitely interested in that price point...

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 19:27:33 »
As a quick update, we are going to be changing the badge to be a cloud thanks to the suggestions in the IC! I hope this will free up a bit of comparisons to other boards and also fit the name to create a better theme.

Also thank you to everyone who has joined our discord and signed up for the IC so far. I am super happy that this got any traction at all and hope we can deliver the best product possible.

Thank you,
Niko

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 03 March 2021, 19:40:51 »
I *really* like how the badge is centered between between the arrow cluster and the home clusteróother similar boards look a little visually unbalanced to me because there's always an empty space around there, but your extra key with the arrows fills it perfectly.

The gold stripe does make it look similar to the Saka, though I do like the sharper corners on the Aozora.

Unfortunately I already filled the 68%-sized hole in my heart with an Ikki68, but this looks neat! Best of luck.

EDIT: My heart is conflicted.
« Last Edit: Wed, 03 March 2021, 23:43:20 by convoliution »

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 01:07:45 »
Yo so like, I love this. **** the saka or ikki or w.e the more keebs for ppl to buy cuz **** is sold out in under 3 nanoseconds the better.
But i gotta ask, why do yall only pick Black, white, e white, blue, pink for every case. Can we get some burgandy, washed out cyan, beige, something other than the norm
Also is every1 a weeb on this platform? Hakushi (E-white)/Sumi (Black)? BRUUUUUH LMFAOOOO just saY THE colours my dud


-Ciao pce n luv my G :thumb:
« Last Edit: Thu, 04 March 2021, 01:09:40 by bigglesby »

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 01:17:09 »
I actually completely agree but some colors are actually a bit harder than others. Hoping for our second keeb to have a lot more interesting colors when we have some more experience under our belts. Best

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« Reply #31 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 01:19:43 »
Just filled out the IC form, Niko.

Overall, I love that keep creators are creating reasonably priced boards (especially people like me who has tighter budget) and I hope the trend does not stop. =)

I don't like the added key but it's not a dealbreaker for me. Joining your Discord in a few minutes. Looking forward to your collabs too with keycap, cable and deskmat creators!

GOOD LUCK, chief!
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« Reply #32 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 01:32:44 »
I actually completely agree but some colors are actually a bit harder than others. Hoping for our second keeb to have a lot more interesting colors when we have some more experience under our belts. Best

Word up makes sense, preciate you still. providing more stock to us newbies is already fire aff

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« Reply #33 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 05:16:23 »
don't think that this is the copy of ikki. But definitely looks too much like Saka. Almost 1 to 1 copy.

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Re: [IC] Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 09:29:57 »
Is the plate/pcb layout fixed? Are there plans for split backspace and right-shift support?

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« Reply #35 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 16:32:49 »
Is the plate/pcb layout fixed? Are there plans for split backspace and right-shift support?

Currently, we are going through the IC responses. At this point, it is definitely possible. It may only not happen to try to save on machining cost.

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« Reply #36 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 17:53:49 »
As a quick update, we are going to be changing the badge to be a cloud thanks to the suggestions in the IC! I hope this will free up a bit of comparisons to other boards and also fit the name to create a better theme.

I like that there's all these budget 68-key boards releasing, but can we please finally get one that doesn't have a gaudy ass badge between the arrow cluster and mods?

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« Reply #37 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 20:45:35 »
Yo so like, I love this. **** the saka or ikki or w.e the more keebs for ppl to buy cuz **** is sold out in under 3 nanoseconds the better.
But i gotta ask, why do yall only pick Black, white, e white, blue, pink for every case. Can we get some burgandy, washed out cyan, beige, something other than the norm
Also is every1 a weeb on this platform? Hakushi (E-white)/Sumi (Black)? BRUUUUUH LMFAOOOO just saY THE colours my dud


-Ciao pce n luv my G :thumb:

Crudely worded but I agree. Would also love to see a burgundy color, you can count me in the GB as well.

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« Reply #38 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 20:57:33 »
Just in here to say **** the haters, like your work and will watch out for your GB. Love the idea of the cloud badge.

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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 04 March 2021, 22:36:37 »
Just in here to say **** the haters, like your work and will watch out for your GB. Love the idea of the cloud badge.
At first, I was a little bummed out about the haters but hopefully, I will learn a lot from it and make an even better board!

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« Reply #40 on: Fri, 05 March 2021, 03:31:32 »
Looking forward to the prototype! Let's GOOOOO!!! :cool:
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« Reply #41 on: Mon, 08 March 2021, 07:32:40 »
Is the plate/pcb layout fixed? Are there plans for split backspace and right-shift support?

Currently, we are going through the IC responses. At this point, it is definitely possible. It may only not happen to try to save on machining cost.

That's good to hear! Can't wait for this to go to GB soon :)

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« Reply #42 on: Fri, 12 March 2021, 20:57:20 »
Some more renders with the new badge and Mizu:



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« Reply #43 on: Sat, 13 March 2021, 03:03:22 »
I'm liking this badge update.

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« Reply #44 on: Mon, 15 March 2021, 02:14:32 »
I wish there are more keebs with layout like this, 'cause I really need my regular shift and TKL is too long for me.
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Re: Aozora | 青空 A well-priced 65% board with a stunning look.
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 16 March 2021, 09:46:05 »
Did an almost identical board almost just finish GB? https://cannonkeys.com/collections/ikki68-aurora

Identical only in layout... Are all TKLs and 60s clones?

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« Reply #46 on: Tue, 16 March 2021, 13:10:03 »
What's with the clone comments? First Sun68 now this board? Would you guys elaborate what is being cloned and contribute instead?

If it's about the layout, this layout existed for a long time (Varmillo Va68m and Magicforce68 etc.)

If it's about the design, try to input your ideas on how to improve.

If you are adamant that this is a "clone", get the original designers' attention and get their input.

In the end nothing beats voting with your wallet. Meaningless comments contributes nothing to the community


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« Reply #47 on: Tue, 16 March 2021, 23:27:21 »
I dig the cloud badge so much! Got my eye on this especially with the promise of "well-priced" :)

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« Reply #48 on: Thu, 25 March 2021, 11:51:16 »
Have you transitioned completely to the new cloud-shaped badge? Will it be possible for those who want a rectangular badge to opt for that instead? I know that the cloud badge is more "unique," but I may actually prefer the more classic rectangular badge shape. It really creates a nice symmetry between the 4 keys above and below it.

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« Reply #49 on: Thu, 25 March 2021, 17:04:45 »
Have you transitioned completely to the new cloud-shaped badge? Will it be possible for those who want a rectangular badge to opt for that instead? I know that the cloud badge is more "unique," but I may actually prefer the more classic rectangular badge shape. It really creates a nice symmetry between the 4 keys above and below it.

Or, better yet, will there be an option for badgeless?