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[IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 12:03:30 »
Introducing the Chalice

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A cheap Alice/Arisu inspired keyboard (Cheap-Alice or Chalice), powered by a pro-micro.
This keyboard is for those looking at a cheap entry into the Alice/Arisu layout, without the difficulties of a fully through-hole kit. Inspiration came from the basketweave and the Revuing 41/39 kits.
The keyboard features a fixed layout (shown below), limited by the number of output pins on the pro-micro. I’d love to have an OLED sit over the top of the pro-micro but unfortunately some sacrifices had to be made.


 
The PCB is supported by a low-profile stacked acrylic case, in a similar style to the Revuing 41/39 series of boards.

Features
-   Powered by a single Pro-Micro (Or pro-micro compatible clone)
-   Through-hole Diode design
-   RGB LED under-glow
-   Stacked acrylic case
-   68 switch positions
-   QMK and VIA compatible firmware



What is included in the kit?
-   PCB
-   6 x WS2814 LEDs
-   1.5mm acrylic top plate
-   2 x 3mm acrylic mid-plates
-   1 x 3mm acrylic bottom plate
-   1 x acrylic Pro-Micro cover
-   12 x 7mm brass stand-offs
-   3 x 12mm brass stand-offs
-   30 x 6mm M2 screws

What is required to complete the kit?
-   Pro-micro or compatible clone
-   5 x 2U screw-in stabilizers

How much?
Target price is 95 AUD/75 USD

Timeline
This IC was created to source feedback/improvements to the initial prototype. I aim to provide the kits in-stock in approx. 2 months’ time, but if there is overwhelming demand, I will organise a group buy.



About us
I run and operate customkbd.com.au. We sell a range of DIY kits and keyboard components, and this product will be our first IC. For those lucky enough to be in Melbourne, we will have this available to play with at our warehouse when that is ready. If you would like regular updates you can join our discord here.

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« Last Edit: Mon, 28 June 2021, 00:52:30 by customKBD »

Offline Kokaloo

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 12:15:50 »
I believe this name was already used for an Alice derivative lmao
But otherwise gl always nice to see skelly kits for peeps who wanna try out layouts

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 12:25:44 »
Looks good  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 12:37:10 »
Looks nice  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 15:00:01 »
Great to see something PM compatible in IC again. GLWIC

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 15:09:54 »
ooo, very interested! can't wait to see how this project turns out

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 15:17:24 »
I believe this name was already used for an Alice derivative lmao

Charisu it is then :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 19:51:10 »
Thanks for the feedback so far guys!
Noted regarding the name - Will look further into it - it's not set in stone.

Regarding the pro-micro - there have been concerns regarding no USB-C functionality. This is not the case if you adopt something like the sea-micro or elite-C. This can be provided as an option when purchasing.

Graphics are to be finalized - we can definitely provide some garnishes to the back case and pro-micro cover. (Maybe even fully personalized?)

Cheers.

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 22:36:26 »
Can't wait for this! What a price point to get into Alice's, keep up the good work

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 22:57:05 »
Holy **** that is a banger of a price gl with IC

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 24 June 2021, 23:23:10 »
Sick one! Love the look of the board in the first image



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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 25 June 2021, 00:16:05 »
Maybe I should use the graphics in his visor... over 9000 of course...

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 25 June 2021, 01:58:22 »
Lookin hella good!  :eek:

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 25 June 2021, 04:00:23 »
I love the fact that you are trying to bring the Alice layout to the masses.  Great work.  I also quite like the sound signature that a PCB + Plate with no case at all can make, particularly with SA profile on it so I am going to try and buy one of these to that end.  Good luck with this and I am in for at least one of them.
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 25 June 2021, 12:24:27 »
im liking this

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 26 June 2021, 01:07:13 »
Oh wow, it’s you Aussie guys! Not enough keebs on this desert island. I am 100% onboard with accessible kits, and it’s nice to see you do this with a less common layout. Big fan of the barebones design.
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 26 June 2021, 12:43:23 »
definitely interesting  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 28 June 2021, 08:27:37 »
If I hadn't just bought a Basketweave and Ristretto, I'd be down for this. Keen to see more skeleton kits and interesting projects from CustomKBD.

GLWIC.

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 28 June 2021, 20:45:48 »
Been wanting to try out Alice-like layouts for a while but the prices+wait times are too eye-watering for me to be willing to throw at an experiment. Really interested in trying this out! Good luck with the IC!

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 03 July 2021, 07:59:46 »
Interested, my typing sucks and maybe an ergo board will be the magic bullet.

Any chance of bundling the pro micro or sea micro since you sell those anyway?

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 03 July 2021, 10:50:18 »
Interested, my typing sucks and maybe an ergo board will be the magic bullet.

It won't. Keybr and monkeytype (time or words, focus on accuracy not speed) will be the not-so-magic bullet.


But it'll make typing a lot more comfortable. And it's just...look at it. It's freaking awesome.
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 03 July 2021, 11:42:38 »
No magic bullet but, the natural separation of left and right with an Alice layout will help you train your hands and brain to be more accurate.  Personally I type more relaxed and more accurate when using Alice layout.  It is my preference when I have a lot of work to do.
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 04 July 2021, 02:32:19 »
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 05 July 2021, 20:08:31 »
Hi!
I’m super new in this keyboard community.
So keen on exploring a Alice styled board, especially with the dragonball designs you have on the back.
I’m wondering if the PCB is soldered version only?
Haven’t tried soldering and I’ve only built a hotswap tofu60 so far.
And I’m hoping the USB port comes soldered to the PCB if possible!
Thanks for listening. And hope this comes to fruition soon! All the best!

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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 07 July 2021, 04:36:31 »
No magic bullet but, the natural separation of left and right with an Alice layout will help you train your hands and brain to be more accurate.  Personally I type more relaxed and more accurate when using Alice layout.  It is my preference when I have a lot of work to do.


Interested, my typing sucks and maybe an ergo board will be the magic bullet.

It won't. Keybr and monkeytype (time or words, focus on accuracy not speed) will be the not-so-magic bullet.


But it'll make typing a lot more comfortable. And it's just...look at it. It's freaking awesome.

My comment was a bit tongue in cheek, but going from a full sized keyboard to a 75% and now 60% has been much better for my neck/back issues. The whole design of a full sized keyboard with the numpad on the right only serves to build tension on the right side - so I'm keen to try something that puts my hands in a more natural position.



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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 07 July 2021, 10:34:06 »
My comment was a bit tongue in cheek, but going from a full sized keyboard to a 75% and now 60% has been much better for my neck/back issues. The whole design of a full sized keyboard with the numpad on the right only serves to build tension on the right side - so I'm keen to try something that puts my hands in a more natural position.

Ah, that makes sense! Same reason I'm here at all, to go from a fullsize down to a 60% or more likely a split setup - having to bring my right arm so far over to use the keyboard past the numpad is just a mess.
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Re: [IC] Chalice - Cheap Alice inspired Keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 08 July 2021, 06:12:25 »
Can't wait for my first budget board!