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gok_nz:
Type K

tented ergo keyboard





I've been wanting to have an Alice style keyboard for a while now but I wanted to change the layout to suit some of my typing habits and the idea of a tented version appealed to me.
The layout has been reworked from scratch but is still heavily influenced by the original Alice and I've incorporated a lot of design elements from the 7V.



0. CONTENTS


* DETAILS
* STATUS
* VENDORS & PRICING
* PHOTOS
* DESIGN CHANGELOG
* FAQ

1. DETAILS


* Case Angle: 4.5
* Tenting Angle: 7.0
* Materials: Anodised Black Aluminium Top, Dark-dyed Polycarbonate Bottom and Stainless-steel Weight
* Mounting method: Top mount
* Plate: 1.5mm. Will test different materials
* PCB: Designed by Gondolindrum with USB-C daughterboard - configurable with QMK/VIA
* Layout options:




2. STATUS

(03/06/2021) - V4 Prototype has been ordered. I will decide on the sales format after we have concluded development.

Due to all the requests for this to be run as a Group Buy, I have started a survey. You can access the form here.



3. VENDORS & PRICING


This will be sold through TypePlus
The pricing and number of units TBD.



4. PHOTOS

V3 Prototype





V2 Prototype


 
V1 Prototype
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5. DESIGN CHANGELOG

V1 Prototype


* Layout based mostly on the TGR Alice layout
* Bottom row with dual 3U spacebar
* Right shift reduced down to 2.25U to reduce the width of the right half so that it can be symmetrical and work better with tenting.
* Case angle set to 7 degrees
* Tenting angle set to 5 degrees
V2 Prototype

* Bend angle between Q and W (and O/P columns) reduced from 12 degrees down to 10
* Underglow LEDs moved to daughterboard
* Case angle reduced to 5.5 degrees
* Tenting angle increased to 7 degrees
* Custom wrist-rest added
V3 Protoype

* Case angle reduced to 4.5 degrees
* Mounting point positions adjusted
* Wrist-rest height increased
V4 Protoype

* LEDs moved from daughterboard to separate LED PCB modules
* Redesign of case to accommodate new LED design
* Changed from top mount to gasket mount
* Internal weights added
* Quality of life changes to the PCB


6. FAQ



* Did you know that there is a keyboard already called the K-Type?
Yes, but I wanted to name this keyboard the Type K because the front bezel and the LED design was inspired by KITT from the Knight Rider television series and Type has associations with both cars such as the Honda Integra and keyboards.


* What colour options will there be?
Black and silver for this round.


* How many units will there be?
I don't know yet at this stage.


* Do you have a discord?
No I don't but Deskeys have created a channel on their server for discussion on the Type K here


* Will there be any other vendors?
None planned at the moment. It is easier to control the process when there are fewer people involved.


* Is there going to be a matching wrist-rest?
Yes.


* Do you have a sound-test?
You might be able to catch the typing sound in one of the meet-up streams but I generally don't do sound tests. If this ever gets built by somebody and they happen to make a sound test, I will add a link to it then.

gok_nz:
Reserved

superdoedoe:
Pls gib


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wouldworks:
good god thats naughty

joecoolbob:
Good Stuff

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