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Anorexious:



VID
65% Top Mount + O-Ring Keyboard




0. Status
Prototype #4 is currently being processed, and we will soon test the changes from the last iteration.
Our target is to launch the group buy phase in Q3 2023.




1. Intro
Hello everyone! Allow me to introduce Void, a 65% layout mechanical keyboard kit heavily inspired with a dual mounting system, top mount and o-ring mount.
Void provides an adjustable typing experience that allows users to customize the stiffness and sound characteristics. Users can choose between a top mount for a stiffer typing experience and sound, or an o-ring mount for a softer typing experience and isolated sound.

Interest check is now open. Your input will be very valuable.







2. Index

0. STATUS
1. INTRO
2. INDEX
3. DESIGN
4. SPECIFICATIONS
5. CONSTRUCTIONS
6. DIMENSIONS
7. MOUNTING SYSTEM
8. COLOR OPTIONS
9. LAYOUT
10. PRICING
11. VENDOR
12. MEDIA
13. DESIGN CHANGELOG
14. KEEP IN LOOP




3. Design
With a design language similar to my past work on the stacked acrylic keyboard Vertizon, Vid offers an aggressive look while still maintaining a clean design.


Render Images





Prototype photos
Prototype #3
Prototype #2
Prototype #1




4. Specifications

Vid Specifications:
- Layout: 65%
- Mounting system: Top mount and gummy o-ring mount
- Typing Angle: 7.5
- Effective keyboard height: 23.35mm
- Materials: Aluminum 6063, Copper Bottom Plate, Stainless Steel Rear Bumper
- Plate: 1.5mm Aluminium, Polycarbonate, POM, Carbon Fiber, FR4 (1.6mm)
- PCB: In house design PCB void65 1.6mm thickness solder or hotswap - configurable with QMK/VIA

Parts included with the kit:
- Keyboard case: (Top case, Bottom case, Rear bumper, Bottom plate)
- Selection plate (Aluminium, Polycarbonate, POM, Carbon Fiber, FR4)
- 1.6mm Hotswap/Solder PCB; layout information will be shared later
- Daughterboard JST Cable
- 1x O-ring (50a)
- 4x Custom-designed rubber feet
- Plate support switch comb/fork
- Hand-carry keyboard bag
- Other accessories




5. Constructions



Vid consist 4 major parts:
1. Top case with aluminum 6063
2. Bottom case with aluminum 6063
3. Rear bumper with aluminum 6063 or Stainless steel
4. Chassis/bottom cover with aluminum 6063 or Copper




In the 4th iteration, we optimized the height of the overall board to find the ideal typing height, as we believe typing height would be a crucial factor in achieving comfortable typing. We reduced the EKH height from 25.49mm in the previous iteration to 23.35mm, which is a decrease of approximately 2.14mm.

We also added some gutter to optimize the travel distance for SMT components from the PCB, such as diodes, micro controller, and hotswap sockets, while keeping the overall board volume.





6. Dimensions






7. Mounting System

Top mount
With 7 mounting point



O-ring
Friction fits o-ring mount with inner wall for isolated sound






8. Color Options
We are currently exploring the color options. Here's the early concept of the color selections. There might be changes in the future, to be announced.


Black




White




Brown




Red




Polycarbonate




Raw look
The exterior of the aluminium will have a raw look with machine marks. To prevent oxidation, we will apply a clear coat.




All Black
The original idea of an aluminum rear bumper and bottom case will still be offered.






9. Layout




Solder layout provides more flexibility, including stepped Caps Lock, ISO, split Backspace, 7u + 6.25u spacebar, and the "cursed" layout. The cursed layout allows users who don't like arrow keys to experience the Void.




While hotswap will offer less flexibility compared to the solder version, it still supports stepped caps lock and split backspace compatibility.




10. Pricing
Our target price is realistically around $350-400 considering the board consist few parts, while its not a final price, but we eager to find a way to find a better pricing for everyone.




11. Vendor
We are currently in active discussions with some vendors. We prioritize vendors by region, based on the interest check form. If you are interested in this project, please fill out the interest check so we can map which regions will need vendors.




12. Media
We will be working with keyboard enthusiasts and influencers to give a preview of Void, including build streams, typing tests, and overall impressions. A list of enthusiasts and influencers will be shared at a later time.




13. Design changelog


Prototype#4
1. Redesign bottom case for lower typing height
2. Add gutter for better clearance and travel distance for smt component on the PCB


Prototype #3
1. Add inner wall for friction fit o-ring
2. Try other material than aluminium, such as copper, stainless steel, and carbon fiber


Prototype #2
1. Remove gasket leaf mount options
2. Redesign exterior design due to leaf mount removal, side bezel is thinner
3. Custom molded rubber feet
4. Changed case screw size from M2.5 to M3
5. Move jst cable gutter to back side of the case for better cable management


Prototype #1
1. Initially, Void is designed to support multiple mounting such as gasket leaf mount that supports poron, silicone socks, and silicone gasket.




14. Keep in loop


Any feedback and question are welcomed!
Interest check still open to get better insight on how much interest of this project and your region
Your inputs will be very valuable to determine price and vendor partners






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irithyll:
Is there a bottom weight?
If there is, what's the material?
GLWIC!

Akele:
Very nice design. What layouts will the PCB support?

GLWIC

Anorexious:

--- Quote from: irithyll on Sat, 25 March 2023, 07:42:52 ---Is there a bottom weight?
If there is, what's the material?
GLWIC!

--- End quote ---

Still exploring, currently we only focus on aluminum 6063 for all parts


--- Quote from: Akele on Sat, 25 March 2023, 08:32:27 ---Very nice design. What layouts will the PCB support?

GLWIC

--- End quote ---

Will share, there will be hotswap and solder
hotswap supports step caps, split backspace, tsangan bottom
while solder should covers all hotswap layouts + 6.25u spacebar, ISO backspace, split L shift

HungHingDaiLo:
GLWIC. Great board!

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