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Interest Checks / Re: [IC] 65% Z67-YUN, gasket Update#1 - Dec1
« Last post by tommyamoszhao on Thu, 01 December 2022, 07:31:02 »
#1 Update's been modified includes:
     1. Dark grey color prototype
     2. Yellow color prototype
     3. Structural change, silicon shoe mounting mechanism is added, case groove was for Poron gasket only, but will include grooves for silicon shoes as well
Interest Checks / Re: [IC] KEEB IT REEL Deskmat
« Last post by alper_maestro on Thu, 01 December 2022, 07:25:29 »
These are dope!  :p

Will buy one for sure.
Interest Checks / Re: [IC] Båge - AEK Curved O-ring mount 60
« Last post by Signature on Thu, 01 December 2022, 06:51:23 »
Did anyone else get a random notification from geekhack saying the hoffman dude split this topic?

I got one as well, not sure what it means. Still seems to be unaffected.
Splitting the topic is the usual standard for us moderators to delete spam or inappropriate messages.

How do you pronounce this one    Like  Bagel ?  or Rage   Rayayayay Ayayayaya Yayayayayaayya!!!!!!
Interest Checks / [IC] Orbit 65% - Curved, Silicon Pin Top Mount, 17mm Front Height
« Last post by Ra66it_AU on Thu, 01 December 2022, 06:50:06 »

Designed by Machina

Hello there, I am Ra66it from Australia. Introducing my first keyboard project Orbit by Machina, a 65% silicon pin mounting style keyboard.

I have been wanting a 65% keyboard ever since I tried the tadpole mounting on Frog TKL. Started last year as a personal project, I received my first prototype this October.

The main idea of the design is to keep the keyboard as slim as possible. Internally, trying to make a clean-sounding keyboard with the least amount of foam.

The external curves and internal weight pattern give me an astronomy vibe, I hope this keyboard is also in your orbit :)
The look of this keyboard is influenced by the HHKB series (HG variant and Pro2).



- Typing angle 7.0°
- Front height: 17mm
- Mounting style: Silicon pin/ Tadpole ( 3 hardness options)
- Screwless exterior design (detachable silicon feet hiding all the screws at the bottom)
- PCB: Inhouse design with USB-C daughterboard - configurable with QMK/VIA, hotswap, and solder option available.
- Will come with a matching carrying case
- Materials:
     - Aluminium Top Case
     - Two bottom case designs:
     - Full PVD Aluminium Bottom Case with 4 internal brass weights
     - Full Brass Bottom Case with clear coat finish


V1 Prototype photos

V1 Prototype
- 1.2mm PCB with flex cut
- 4 screws between the top and bottom case
- 4 separate rubber feet

V2 Prototype
- 1.6mm PCB with no flex cut
- 8 screws between the top and bottom case
- Changed to 2 long rubber feet instead of 4
- Testing Brass Patina
- Quality of life changes to the PCB
- Silicon pin positions redesigned

V2 Prototype Exploded View

PROJECT STATUS [V2 Proto is underway]

After typing with V1 proto for a month, overall I am happy with the look and typing feel, the typing experience is firm but not stiff, and the 50A silicon pins allow some bounciness in the board. Personally, I always build my keyboards with plate foam, it reduces those tiny noises and still keeps the characteristics of the board. The sound is quite clean without case foam, more on the clacky side. I bearly noticed any hollowness, but it is a bit loud for my liking.

For the V2 proto, the goal is to keep the sound profile more isolated. I added more screws between the two cases and lengthen the rubber feet, hopefully, it can reduce resonance between the metal pieces, and the thickness of the top case has been increased by 1mm to make the sound more isolated.

Red arrows indicate the newly added screw holes, the placement won't affect how the space bar sound.

I will upload typing test sound later, may ping it in the Najakeys Discord.

One thing I am currently testing is the patina on the brass bottom, I have included the photo in the IC form, please feel free to check it out and leave some feedback. If you are a patina artist who enjoys my design, please please reach out to me.


Rest of the world: TBD (please recommend)


I will have an estimate after gathering enough feedback from IC form here:

Thank you all for reading till the end!

Vincent - Special thanks for the amazing photos!

Eureka Foundry - Much much love for the stunning work from you guys! amazed by the quality of the prototypes.
The feedback on my design really helped me in the early stage.

ANZKEEB - Shoutout to my keeb mates, I won't be able to make this without your guys!

I'm sure this may be surprising for some, but it turns out Apple once turned to Lexmark (a former part of IBM) for a keyboard design - the Apple Newton keyboard (model X0044). As part of my effort to preserve information on historical IBM keyboards, I've written a detailed and illustrated article on it!

It uses IBM buckling sleeve switches, ie, IBM's 'last stand' before yielding to rubber domes/scissor-switches like the rest of the industry during the '90s. More travel compared to modern laptop keyboards and no mush that's associated with domes. Basically the same design as most early ThinkPads, including the 700 to 755, 350 to 365, 500 and 510CS, and 850 and (RS/6000 Notebook) 860. In fact, it's a modified IBM Model M6-1 based on the ThinkPad 500 design.

The article:

(Attachment Link)

Included is a brief tour around the keyboard, explanation and evidence of how it's related to ThinkPads and the Model M keyboard family (via Model M6-1), comparison of two discovered revisions, and pointers on how you can convert one to USB (including pinout diagrams)!


I bought one from ebay about a year ago and there's a NASA logo on it. Must be used by astronauts. :) I made another Apple Newton keyboard to usb converter.
geekhack Media / Re: What did you get in the mail today?
« Last post by Ra66it on Thu, 01 December 2022, 04:58:40 »


What is the total weight of the board? (When fully build or barebone)
Interest Checks / Re: Frogboard60 // New IC (In stock buy coming soon)
« Last post by The0rigina1 on Thu, 01 December 2022, 03:52:28 »
Ergonomics / Re: Desk clamp arm rest experience?
« Last post by Findecanor on Thu, 01 December 2022, 03:45:23 »
I've got hold of a pair of ErgoRest. Didn't like them, but I hadn't tested them for very long.
Because they are on arms made of segments with linkages, they will resist certain motions that go against the axes of the segments, so you'd sometimes have to do a lateral motion to get the hinges to fold to be able to move the arm where you want (if you understand what I mean...)
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