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[IC] Harbour —港口: Ordered 3rd Prototype
« on: Wed, 10 February 2021, 11:16:09 »
Harbour —港口: A 65% gasket mounted board designed by Kibou, Hong Kong


Pics of 2nd Prototype




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(Rendered with GMK minimal, GMK WOB)


TABLE OF CONTENTS

IC Form: https://forms.gle/F6rFJk59PTUGQcrU8

1.) Introduction
2.) Specifications
3.) Renders
4.) Design
5.) Current Status & Timeline
6.) Vendors & Pricing
7.) FAQ
8.) Special Thanks
9.) News & Updates



1.) INTRODUCTION

About Kibou.
Kibou, 希望, is the Japanese noun for hope. It is a reflection of who we are: a bunch of hopefuls who believe that our passion for a better typing experience will allow us to make great products.

Why “Harbour”?
The keyboard’s name is a homage to Hong Kong - the place we grew up in. Historically, Hong Kong has long been an entrepτt between east and west - a place of trade, and, more importantly, a place where people of a common interest can gather. We hope Kibou will not only be the premier vendor for all things keyboard, but a community too.


2.) SPECIFICATIONS


Typing Angle: 6.0° typing angle

Colours: Black, Silver, E white

Plate Options: Aluminium, Polycarbonate (Half/ Full)

Case Material: Aluminium

Mounting Style: Gasket Mount

PCB: H65 Designed by hiney (Normal/Hotswap version available)

Weight: Polished stainless steel

Layouts: WK/WKL layout




3.) RENDERS
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Rendered with GMK 9009



Rendered with GMK Hanok



Rendered with GMK Kuroge Wagyū



Rendered with GMK Minimal



Rendered with GMK Lavender



Polished stainless weight




4.) DESIGN
Approach.
Our design approach is straightforward: simple design and quality materials. We wanted to design a keyboard that we would want to use ourselves. From the mounting style to the typing angle, the keyboard is designed to deliver the best user experience possible.

Inspiration.
Hong Kong is home to more skyscrapers than any other city in the world. Our skyline is dotted with iconic buildings that helped author the aesthetic style of our keyboard. In particular, the textured layout on the sides was inspired by the BOC building. The numerous skyscrapers facing Victoria Harbour are characterised with smooth window surfaces supported by curtain walls and steel frames. Drawing inspiration from these visual elements, we decided to create a keyboard with a seamless design accompanied by a stainless steel weight.







We also drew ideas from the community. The visual appeal of Gok’s 7V design (the weight in particular) was a concept we wanted to explore and build from.

Mounting Method & Materials.
Using both community feedback and anecdotal experience, we believe that the softer typing feel that the 2mm Poron foam as a Gasket provides is more comfortable.

Assembly.
Aside from the seamless design, we also designed Harbour with the intention of making your assembly process as user-friendly as possible. This includes self-aligning slots between the top and botton case.



Packaging.
Will be revealed in the future.

Forth Colour option poll is now up! https://forms.gle/99ASJrS4qD7P9qvo6

Thanks for all the submissions, new colour confirmed, will be Blue Grey.

5.) CURRENT STATUS & TIMELINE

Current Status
Design completed; ordered first prototype.

Timeline
In the coming few months, we plan on:
- Collecting feedback from the community
- Testing our initial prototypes for flaws and make the changes accordingly
- Sending the prototypes out for review

This iterative process of feedback and design requires time. Though we hope to launch the group buy by Q3, it is possible that the group-buy may be delayed. We do not want to rush the process as we hope to release the best version we can produce.


6.) VENDORS & PRICING

Vendors
Worldwide: Kibou.store

Pricing
Instock: 490 USD
Group buy: 440 USD

Units
Instock: 50 Units
Group buy: Announced later


7.) FAQ

Q: What is the weight of the board?
A: Around 2 kg.

Q: Will it be ISO compatible?
A: For our base kit, the PCB is ISO compatible, but unfortunately the plate is not. However, we will be releasing a universal plate file that will be compatible with ISO.

Q: Are stabilizers, switches, keycaps included?
A: Unfortunately, these are not included in the DIY kit.

Q: Will the plate files be released?
A: Yes, we will open source our plate files.

Q: When will the keyboards be shipped after the group buy?
A: Estimated arrival of around 7 to 10 months (Yet to be confirmed).


8.) SPECIAL THANKS

We would like to give a special shout out and thanks to the following for all the help they provided throughout the design process.

- Gok for providing design inspiration, feedback, and suggestions throughout our design progress

- Hiney for designing our PCB, and support

- RNCables <3

- G14D for his help and suggestions

- Epsilon and his server members for their continuous support and suggestions during our design process

- All of our affiliates, Jintae, Ramen, Kiwi and Bao for their suggestions

- KingK22 for the renders

- And lastly, the HK mechanical keyboard community members for their support


9.) NEWS & UPDATES

Feel free to join our Discord for regular updates. We will also be hosting a giveaway for the board in the upcoming weeks!
 https://discord.gg/nsvsAfGYHe

Or, if you prefer, updates will be available on our website, Kibou.store. Please consider supporting the store, we sell lubes, switches, accessories, and more!



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« Last Edit: Tue, 27 July 2021, 10:24:28 by kibou store »

Offline kibou store

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Prototype Pictures

Prototype 2

   



Prototype 1

 


27/7 Progress Update:
- 3rd Prototype Ordered
Front height: 18.5 -> 17
Changes in mounting points
Redesigned internals


20/4 Progress Update:
- Ordered our second prototype
- 50 units of lilac harbour confirmed
- Price might change due to the increase in cost of metals in China
Modify message


29/3 Progress Update:
- In stock units confirmed, 50 Units Worldwide, Lilac Grey, WKL Layout
- First prototype received
- Working on some internal adjustments of the board, reducing the overall compression of the gaskets
- Add more self aligning slots
- Modify the back weight's logo


24/2 Progress Update:
- First prototype should arrive in late March
- Added leaf spring plate, some extra self aligning spots
- Change in the shape of feets

 More pictures and renders will be provided later on! Thanks for everyone's support
« Last Edit: Tue, 27 July 2021, 10:26:41 by kibou store »

Offline JKKEEBS

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Love the weight!

Offline kibou store

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Thank you!

Offline o3okevin

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Cool design!

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Yes.

Offline Khaine

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I really like the sides of the board, imo it's a really unique characteristic for the board as well as how the weight flows with it too! the universal plate for the ISO is a cool idea, GLWIC!!! :D

Offline shuijiao

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super nice board! i like it a lot
Peerless80, Type S, Pro 2, Pro 1, Duck Viper v3, Duck Orion V2.5, Matrix 2.0 Additional, Matrix Falcon

Offline shay350

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im loving the back

Offline kibou store

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Offline kibou store

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super nice board! i like it a lot

Thank you!

Offline bthezebra

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Super Clean Super Sixty Five

Offline raykcy

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OMG the design is very unique as well as the background story!!! Love the board will definitely get one!

Offline AshF

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Looks amazing. Ashame about the lack of ISO plate otherwise this would have been an instabuy. GLWIC

Offline lbassett21

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Inspired from the Kira80 by ThesisCamper I see! Sucker for those sides. Good luck with your IC!
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Kira80 | Matrix 8xv2.0 | Matrix 8xv1.2og | IBM Model M SSK| Kayak | Percent Canoe Gen1 | Alps64 |

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Offline MiSo

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The design is unique, but maintains a minimalistic feel. Really looking forward to the group buy! Will definitely be participating :)

Offline WilsonWan

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Look forward to getting one, good stuf

Offline ShiroMoria

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Hmm, i see some inspiration form the AKI-S as well  :))

Offline treeleaf64

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I went to Hong Kong and it was nice and I think you have done a decent job with the keyboard.
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Does not understand simple things (Treeleaf moment)

Has stopped talking in third person

Offline MIGHTY CHICKEN

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Intersting sides

Offline 10peaches

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Good work guys. I can see where you draw your inspiration from. Very well structured IC. Looking forward to see the first proto.

Offline kibou store

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OMG the design is very unique as well as the background story!!! Love the board will definitely get one!

Good work guys. I can see where you draw your inspiration from. Very well structured IC. Looking forward to see the first proto.


Thank you all for your support! We will look into different colour options, and we are on track to receive our first prototype by early April.

Looks amazing. Ashame about the lack of ISO plate otherwise this would have been an instabuy. GLWIC

We understand that not having an ISO plate option may be a deal breaker for some, but we strongly believe that a fixed layout will be able to provide better sound. However, the PCB supports ISO layout and the plate files will be open sourced. If there is enough demand for ISO, we may consider adding it as an option.


Offline Hawksmoor

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could i request consideration of a non-metallic plate material if not already please?
E.g. Poly

Very cool design. Well done, team! And I love Hong Kong and miss the place so much, I’m in.

Offline Chippy

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Interesting take on this theme, I appreciate the colorways you're doing.
This and the swiss cheese keyboard is the next generation of keyboards

Offline Livid

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could i request consideration of a non-metallic plate material if not already please?
E.g. Poly
it says PC will be a plate option!

also i'm really liking this so far, especially the silver  :D

Offline keystream

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Wow, I love the design of this board. Super clean, great job!!

Offline kibou store

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could i request consideration of a non-metallic plate material if not already please?
E.g. Poly
it says PC will be a plate option!

also i'm really liking this so far, especially the silver  :D


could i request consideration of a non-metallic plate material if not already please?
E.g. Poly

Thanks for the responses guys! Yes a PC plate option will be included, we will also try out other plate options and test them once our prototype arrives!

Offline kiwoli

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In this for the design on the weight alone.

Offline Lysol_

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nutty sides. me likey



Online deedz

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WKL 65%?! Say no more

Online despairsray

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This looks really clean. That Lavender render though, god damn.

Offline hdbui120

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Sick! ;D

Offline soloplayer

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do you have exploded view?
also could you offer CF full or half plate?
i'm very interested  :thumb:

Offline kibou store

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do you have exploded view?
also could you offer CF full or half plate?
i'm very interested  :thumb:

Exploded view will be released soon! And yes we will be offering half plates, we will be testing out different plate options when we receive our prototype, stay tuned for updates!

Offline sexton

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Love the clean look, especially the black. Any thoughts to more colours? Think a dark blue would really look nice

Offline jmepstein

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Looks absolutely incredible -- loving the WKL silver in particular. Looking forward to the GB!

Do you have any measurements of the front height?

Offline dllm

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So... being an US immigrant from HK who misses HK very much, I just feel that if I don't get this board I'm actually going to have to dllm...

Offline G14D

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So... being an US immigrant from HK who misses HK very much, I just feel that if I don't get this board I'm actually going to have to dllm...

I'm actually going to have to dllm...

lmfao sosad :thumb:



Offline alspdx

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Such a nice design, love that side profile! Would definitely buy if it were 60%.

Offline kibou store

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Love the clean look, especially the black. Any thoughts to more colours? Think a dark blue would really look nice

We will look to add 1 or 2 more color options if there are enough demand for other color ways :thumb:

Looks absolutely incredible -- loving the WKL silver in particular. Looking forward to the GB!

Do you have any measurements of the front height?

The front height measures at around 18.5mm without feet installed.



Offline gautema

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Looks fantastic! With a regular WK tsangan bottom row as an option it would be absolute endgame, but I'm going for it anyway

Edit: just saw that WK was an option! I'm so in!
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Offline Hawksmoor

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could i request consideration of a non-metallic plate material if not already please?
E.g. Poly
it says PC will be a plate option!

also i'm really liking this so far, especially the silver  :D

mb. i did look for it and just missed it. i'm blind

Offline Jinho

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looking forward to trying a proto :)
jinsoul / rs / xiyeon / nunu / nunu ver. pc / 378 / dolphin / dolice / calliope / kei / xeno / 87u

Offline the_ream

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This and the frusta fundamental, HK keyboard scene is killing it

Offline oTEMPE5To

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I love this, the sides remind me of the stealth pattern of my Spyderco Chaparral 2, as well as being low profile enough to not be in your face. Its very clean  :D Good luck with IC!

Offline kibou store

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looking forward to trying a proto :)

<3

Offline kibou store

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Updated with exploded view!

Offline kibou store

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So... being an US immigrant from HK who misses HK very much, I just feel that if I don't get this board I'm actually going to have to dllm...

So... being an US immigrant from HK who misses HK very much, I just feel that if I don't get this board I'm actually going to have to dllm...

I'm actually going to have to dllm...

lmfao sosad :thumb:

No worries, I will take care of the diu lo mo part <3

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Oh my... that side profile... its quite sexy  :thumb: