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[IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:31:34 »




Aaru
Tenkeyless Keyboard by Helix Lab

2020/12/20 Update5: International GB coming soon (finally) we hope to launch before 2021.
Our protos have been making their way to various test builders around the globe.
You are welcome to join us on discord to find more.
I've updated the specs, and hid old contents of this IC thread
(we've packed too much info for one thread, need a separate IC for aaru pad soon.)
Thank you for those who read our "build-log" along the way. Hope we didn't disappoint.
See you guys soon hopefully : )
2020/7/23 Update0: Design Finalized, testing for coating
2020/7/29 Update1 : added photos for anodized black top and one that's fresh off cnc. Removed watermarks.
2020/8/25 Update2: Color/finish testing nearly completed. (folded some image for keeping the thread short

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Few important things:
I: China gb is about to launch (with in August). Full details/specs on options etc will be disclosed on next update.
II: changed and expanded specs based on feedback and suggestions gathered across platforms.
confirmed changes are as follows (spec page will be edited accordingly) :
A. default configuration for pcb and plate now is solder and 1.5 mm in aluminum
B. added 1.5mm aluminum plate option for hotswap, 4mm become optional.
C. switched nearly all orings needed in mounting to full sheet of rubber for easy assembly.
D. Color scheme confirmed so far are (primary colors only, full spec in next update):
Black, Milk white, sand.
E. our collaborated sphinx themed artisan arrow keys (shown below) made by TDY Keys will be among the add-on option. 
It is estimated to be priced around $160 per set of four. (made in brass, red, white copper and silver)
There might be more changes to be decided.
and a google forum survey coming up for wkl in next few days. cancelled that and added wkl directly.
2020/9/13 Update3: China gb is live through taobao. (Ended on OCT-18th-2020) International gb is expected to launch in mid-to-late October

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Important news:
1. prices are kept around $420. standard choices are:1 anodized black/ sand/ dark gold/ dark green. Coated: White/Pink.
There's a schrodinger wildcard option in the first 10 days of cn gb, and will be for international gb.

2. there's a delay on testing samples to be shipped out around the world, due to confusions caused in productions because of too many updates and variations in short period of time.

3. wkl version is supported. no addition to gb price.


4. we added another 4 hrs of cnc to the hieroglyphs making it fhd, no addition to gb price, more of that on discord #update channel.


5. made a plush for our official mascot linkolin-kun, aka 零口零君 the plush is about $10ish.
   

6. official collab wrist rest is out and is about $200.


7. concept render for aaru pad, still at early stage.


8. collaborated switch with ttc is out (tactile clicky)


wall of text detailed update log can be found on our #update channel ->  here
Thank you to those who kept bumping this thread and following us on discord. I means a lot to me and us, thank you! :D[/size][/font]

2020/10/23 Update 4: I'm sorry to say that there will be a short delay on our international launch due to various difficulties we didn't anticipate.
We should be back on track soon, more info on discord.
Thank you for your patience.



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Img above is one of the earliest aaru proto, saved here for reference to show improvement and progression.



Hello all, I am R (aka 佛屠) of Helix Lab.
I was registered here in 2012, and after eight long years of dormancy, I'm doing my third post on gh (evidently welcoming new users doesn't count).
This IC would be my very first thead on this Mecca of a site for keyboard enthusiasts, and please excuse the length going on and on, it'll get better as my post count grows.

    Aaru is the first keyboard we designed. Inspiration of this design comes from an amalgamation of many traits, among which the most direct one being the game Assassin's Creed Origin (ACO) I played recently. I was thoroughly amazed by the views and abundance of details of ancient Egypt that ACO has recreated, and thought to myself wouldn't it be nice to have a keyboard that's embossed with hieroglyphs like on walls or steles or papyri.
(as it turns out, it would!)

Behind the Scenes
---tl;dr-starts---

    Equipped with this idea, we decided on the Rosetta Stone, a trilingual stele whose decree holds significant importance for the deciphering and understanding of hieroglyphs as a language.
   
The stone itself, or what's left of it, resides in the British Museum(Room 4).
The decree is said to be issued in 196 BC according to wikipedia (or 4 Xandikos in Macedonian calender or 18 Mekhir in Egyptian calendar =March 27 196BC)
by a group of priests at Memphis for the then young pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes,
the decree spends a good part establishing the young pharaoh's political legitimacy, how he rocks as a pharaoh and how he was approved by the gods;
the script went on about governance stuff like taxation, property rights etc, and lastly commanded that a copy of this decree should be placed in every temple.
This granodiorite stone is named after the city it was first discovered, a port city in the Nile Delta called Rosetta or Rashid.
Below is a picture of what the stele would possibly look like reconstructed.

by A.Parrot on wikipedia   CC-BYy-SA 4.0 International

   
As aforementioned the stone is inscribed in three languages, hieroglyphs, regarded as the language of the gods; demotic, language of documents and common tongue; and greek.
Since hieroglyphs and demotic had both been out of commission around the 4th century AD, the rosetta stone became a key source of reference for scholars who wish to decipher hieroglyph and demotic scripts.
   
Given these significance, it's especially meaningful for us to incorporate its scripture as our team's debut, as well as the first product of our planned "civilization" serie.
We chose the famous eye of Horus (wadjet) for the weight design and the moon phase around it to convey the message"protection always". 
The name "Aaru" means the field of reeds,a heaven-like place in Egyptian mythology for those who led a righteous life. and of course, if you played ACO dlc, you know where it is, it's just divine.

    The entirety of the hieroglyphic embossment (and the entire keyboard)on the keyboard are realized by hand tracing every character by 二期工程 of Helix Lab.

In the effort to be more relatively accurate, we consulted the following sources for tracing material, character accuracy and alignment:
[However, please note that although we strive to be accurate, we more so wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing,
hence there are characters swapped for cosmatic considerations. Things we do for beauty :
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Unicode list of hieroglyphs compiled by Alan Gardiner (Gardiner's Sign Lists)
'The Rosetta Stone in Hieroglyphics and Greek with translations,’ 1871, Samuel Sharpe
'Amarigna & Tigrigna Qal Rosetta Stone', 2014 ,Legesse Allyn
Interactive Rosetta Stone Explorer by Precision Computing
hieroglyphic transcription of the stone by Jim Loy
The Digital Rosetta Stone Project's visual alignment, Dr. Monica Berti, Dr.Franziska Naether, Josephine Hensel, Miriam Amin. University of Leipzig.


---tl;dr-ends---

Let's Intoxicate Ourselves with some new photos
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Image below is the campaign poster with CN contact info, you are welcome to join us on discord
or qq group on the poster if you know what that is.


Image below is a render of matte black finish (powder coating) key sets: hypothetical


Image below is a render of titanium grey finish (anodized) key sets credit: GMK Matrix-01 by Matrix Lab


Image below is a render of glossy black finish (anodized) key sets credit: GMK red samurai by Massdrop + RedSuns


Image below is a render of matte red finish (unknown until further testing) key sets: hypothetical.


Image below is a render of matte pink finish (unknown until further testing) key sets credit: GMK Olivia++ by Olivia


Image below is a photo for proof of concept, the embossment prototyping right after milling and prior to sandblasting, post processing


Below are more renders of exotic color schemes that was done for testing purposes




Image below is the render of our hotswap pcb designed by 環珊 of Helix Lab.


Image below is a close up render of the polycarbonate bar for underglow and back plate with "Aaru" logo
Sidenote: We wanted it to convey the "first civilization" vibe in the back with the rather futuristic logo and RGB lighting.
(First Civilization aka Isu: an ancient high-tech super human race in Assassin's Creed Universe)
Credits: All renders posted are made by saligia and 二期工程 of Helix Lab 
Note: Please feel free to contact me if you wish not to have your work(s) appear in our renders.

Image above are proto of limited full brass edition and rainbow proto as one of the schrodinger (random) options



Image above is chrome coating out of schrodinger options.



Specifications

IMPORTANT1: Please note that although we are at the final testing phase, all things are still subject to change however unlikely, the final description and options will be given in the GB topic.

                    Designs:All related designs shown have been finalized and prototyping done,
unlikely to change changed and laughing at myself. but now it's really finalized.
          Parts Included: Top & bottom frame, plate, PCB, back bar, type-C plate, underglow bar,
weight. [added some filling options]
       Primary Material: Aluminum alloy (6063-T5)                                                                   
   Secondary Material: Polycarbonate for the underglow bar, (optional brass bar sold as add-on)
                                          Brass for weight.
                                 Titanium alloy(TC4) for type-C plate (the tiny red one in the first image) [may subject to change]
type-c bar switched to aluminum for it looks better and more uniform.
Color options: E-white, Black, Sand, Dark gold, Pink, Dark green, plus wildcard options (costs extra).
                  Firmware: QMK, VIA compatible.                                                                       
                  Mounting: Top mount (possibly gummy compatible)                                             
           PCB Option:
                                 1: Hotswap PCB with Kaih 1511 socket per-key-rgb lighting (reverse mount, north facing)
                                 2: Solder PCB, single color per key led compatible. (south facing)                                   

          Plate Option:
                                       
                                 1: 1.5mm aluminum plate for hotswap or solder version pcb.                                 
                                 2: 4.0mm aluminum plate for hotswap only.                                                         
                                 3: two version(flex and very flex) of 1.5mm Carbon fiber plate for both pcb versions
                                 (optional brass for add-on too, tbd)

                        Date: Estimated to be around October Dec, 2020.                             
                  Quantity: Limited 1999 units, about 1400 left after China gb.                             
                        Price: Should start around $460~470 (including payment platforms fees etc.)
                        Lead time: 3.5 months after order placed,                                             
but should figure in extra time needed international shipping.
(China gb orders should be fulfilled by batches starting soon)
             WhereToBuy: www.helix.site; few additional fail-safe ways like taobao
                  Shipping: will be shipped from ShenZhen, China. Estimated shipping about $50.
                  Package spec : Estimated 410 mm x 180 mm x 70 mm(h)
                                                  ~2 kg packaged per unit. (~2.1kg assembled)                                 
                                 
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Sidenote on shipping & pricing:I'm based in the same city with Fox Lab, who is also a good friend of mine for many years. (I'll ask him for help if I can't figure out shipping myself XD)
 As the final configuration is not set yet, the various finishing, packaging, fees charged by payment platforms, currency fluctuation all might affect the final price, We'are working to keep it around $420 for the base price within CN (before shipping & tax), there will be discrepancy for the said reasons, and we'll do best to keep the discrepancy as small as possible.
If you're familiar with cnc you'd know this design takes much more time and much higher riskes for manufactoring defects, keeping the cost down while maintaining high production quality in a relatively fast speed is an understated challenge as is.
For those requesting specific means that would save additional charges imposed upon them by their specific regions, we would also do our best to accomodate.
         
       
          Contact info: Discord: discord.link/Helix
                            QQ  Group: 942327559

                   
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I personally check discord & QQ group (and now this topic) at least once everyday* while other members of the team are online constantly. 
[*this footnote is added on update 2 of 8/25/2020: my words on checking this thread everyday is kept very poorly, I apologize for that, but I've maintained high availability on discord]
Please feel free to leave your comment and question below, or @ for a Helix Lab staff or admin on discord/qq group.
We are a group of enthusiasts whose passion are to make products people would love.
We hope our work moves you, if not we hope our next one will. : )
Thank you for your time and interest.


Credits and Gratitudes

I'd like to extend my deep gratitude to:

Mike Wu and his team at Kaihua Electronics(Kailh) for thier hospitality, support and taking Helix Lab as their official client.

Fox and Ramiel of Fox Lab for his continuing help.

zh_phi for his great help and knowledge on rgb lighting.

TTC for our switch collaboration.

Kev NeonKid and Ogre for their voluntary help of setting up and taking care of our discord sever.

ai03 for his tutorial taught me how to make a keyboard pcb and ai03's unified daughterboard for the various protection mechanism.

community members who helped reviewing my draft pcb schema at pcb-design channel in ai03 Design Studio: L0laapk3#2010, NeuralSpaz#9236, plut0nium#0838, 4pplet#4574, Maarten#3065

and for all who supported me and Helix Lab.

THANK YOU!

不尽感恩!


Helix Lab


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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:35:14 »
Nice work, 佛总

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:35:51 »
佛总永远滴神

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:37:13 »
Looks good bro, let's go (:

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:38:11 »
Looks nice ! GLWIC

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:42:28 »
Saw this on zF, I will definitely get this!
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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:43:55 »
Love the design and the concept very much. I will absolutely be hopping on this.

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« Reply #7 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:44:35 »
Very nice!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:44:56 »
Best of luck佛总!!wish the price can be closer to home though.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:45:16 »
This is actually pretty cool.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:48:16 »
Nice one! Interested.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:51:07 »
I.WANT.IT.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 13:53:32 »
This looks great! I canít wait to see what colors you choose on the final product! One question though, does this support split backspace? I didnít see it mentioned but I also could have misread.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:02:28 »
This is the missing Millenium Keyboard I'm looking for.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:05:42 »
This look cool, really liking the concept. Can't wait to hear more about it :D

Questions and Answers:

- will there be WKL version?
(No, but might have tsangan bottom row)

- PCB is solder, USB-C connector, QMK and ESD protection?
(has ESD protection, Solder PCB, USB-C and QMK)

- is the case compatible with other aftermarket TKL PCB like hiney h87?
(case uses custom PCB so no support for other PCBs)

- plate and PCB combo?
(hotswap PCB uses 4mm plate, solder pcb uses 1.5mm plate)

thanks
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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:24:02 »
GLWIC!

Looks pretty cool with those engravings..
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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:24:52 »
Amazed ! Can't wait to see more

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:43:54 »
Nice work, 佛总

感谢狐狸老板, I'm told I need to reserve a top post for future updating, I guess it's too late now=_=

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:44:35 »
That weight.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:50:14 »
My wife would love one of these.
Very cool.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 15:32:57 »
Looking awesome. Will there be ISO support?

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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 15:51:14 »
wow, what a great idea for a board. I am 100% in for this one.  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 16:05:45 »
Very unique design. Love the theme and the weight.

Any thoughts on a honey or sand colorway for the tablet look?

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 16:40:59 »
Oof, so gotta choose between this or a time 80.. :o

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 16:46:33 »
Have seen this on discord chat for some time. Excited to see it here.

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« Reply #25 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 17:49:21 »
im for the pink one for sure :)

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 18:18:16 »
Okay this is really interesting. Most tkl's look the same to me from the top, but that's completely gone here with those hieroglyphs, when I saw that I immediately thought the pricing would be way higher than what you're estimate is, so I hope that your estimate ends up being close!

Loving the theme and how it's implemented, also do consider running those keycaps at some point, I would most likely buy them even if I didn't get this board to put them on, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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« Reply #27 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 19:22:04 »
Count me in!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 19:28:44 »
Love the detail on that case top  :thumb:

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« Reply #29 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 20:05:10 »
This looks really good. Looking forward to seeing more updates

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« Reply #30 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 20:52:07 »
I thought it was so beautiful when I saw it in zfrontier, China.

Thank you so much for opening up global sales. ;)

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 21:43:12 »
This looks insane!

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« Reply #32 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 23:12:51 »
佛,6,佛,orz

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« Reply #33 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 00:02:50 »
On this for sure if those hieroglyphics come out as intended. Looks sick.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 00:42:41 »
Woah! This is very cool!!



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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 02:28:07 »
What a cool looking board.


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« Reply #36 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 04:41:35 »
definitely need one of these

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 05:42:46 »
Idk the rules enough to know whether i'll be violating if I do consecutive posts, but I wanted to thank everyone here, so let me do an all-in-one, and in tiny wording variances so as to not appear boring.
Looks good bro, let's go (:
Thanks man.
Looks nice ! GLWIC
Thank you Lenux.

Nice one! Interested.
XD

Love the design and the concept very much. I will absolutely be hopping on this.
I will be looking for you when GB comes!

佛总永远滴神
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Best of luck佛总!!wish the price can be closer to home though.
Thank you Jack, I'll do my best.

This is actually pretty cool.
=w=Thanks

Saw this on zF, I will definitely get this!
This post is wayyy more info heavy than the zF one, I yap more in english i guess.

I.WANT.IT.
PLEASE KEEP WANTING IT!

Very nice!
Thanks for your support ZyBeR.

This looks great! I canít wait to see what colors you choose on the final product! One question though, does this support split backspace? I didnít see it mentioned but I also could have misread.
Yeah, no, it wasn't mentioned . But yeah, the 1.5mm soldering plate supports split backspace. Hallelujah

This is the missing Millenium Keyboard I'm looking for.
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omg, I want what you have there!


This look cool, really liking the concept. Can't wait to hear more about it :D

Couple of questions though:
- will there be WKL version?
- PCB is solder, USB-C connector, QMK and ESD protection? (hopefully all of them :D)
- is the case compatible with other aftermarket TKL PCB like hiney h87?

thanks
Hi Kinesiologist, thank your for your interest.
To your first question, unfortunately, there won't be a wkl version as the top frame takes forever mill as is (roughly speaking 3/day/machine minus defects), having two variations would multiply the complexities.
Second, PCB will have two choices and each choice comes with its designated plate, i.e. 4mm plate for hotswap, 1.5 for solder;

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       |Per-key-RGB||Hot-swap||Type-C| |QMK||ESD| |layout compatibility|       
   4mm plate =  yes      yes     Yes     Yes Yes            one layout
1.5mm plate =   no       no      Yes     Yes Yes    Iso enter, 7U space, split backspace, stepped caps

I'll make things clear in coming updates, plz stay tuned.

For protections, comparing to the Unified Daughterboard, we took off MLB3216-600P4A ferrite beads between power ground and signal ground,and used a 2 channel ESD Suppressors instead of 4, the rest are similar.

Thirdly, no, the case is not compatible with other pcb boards to the best of my knowledge, it didn't really came to mind I was so fixated on making our own board, I wish I had thought of that.
I realized all of the three answers didn't really go as you wished, I'm sorry for that :(

Amazed ! Can't wait to see more
Thank you for your interest, stay tuned.

My wife would love one of these.
Very cool.
Thank you, sir, your love for the Mrs. is admirable.

wow, what a great idea for a board. I am 100% in for this one.  :thumb:
Thank you Shiro.


That weight.

Show Image

XD, isn't it just look righteous?

GLWIC!

Looks pretty cool with those engravings..
I actually don't know what "GLWIC" means =_=

Looking awesome. Will there be ISO support?
Yeah, specs on second pcb plan should be flashed out in the next status update.

Very unique design. Love the theme and the weight.

Any thoughts on a honey or sand colorway for the tablet look?
Actually yeah, and we had tested renders on them, will check out how it actually looks.

Oof, so gotta choose between this or a time 80.. :o
ah, or together, and you may even get one of the shipping charge waived.

Count me in!
Thanks Morischao for your support.

im for the pink one for sure :)
I like it too, the rose gold thing isn't.

This looks really good. Looking forward to seeing more updates
Thank you Arcen : )

This looks insane!
IKR, thanks for the support.

Okay this is really interesting. Most tkl's look the same to me from the top, but that's completely gone here with those hieroglyphs, when I saw that I immediately thought the pricing would be way higher than what you're estimate is, so I hope that your estimate ends up being close!

Loving the theme and how it's implemented, also do consider running those keycaps at some point, I would most likely buy them even if I didn't get this board to put them on, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Thanks for your kind words Xemnova. Our primary aim for this first run focuses more on (hopefully) gaining a good reputation, and more experience in organizing all parts of the business such as developing, manufacturering, marketing, customer service. We'll be more than happy and content if our gain on this run will break even the costs, we'd end up with more experience in running things and a big group of people loving our outcome. Then it'd be worth it.
In terms of the caps, we have plans, but it's been put aside for Aaru TKL related works. Stay Tuned~

Have seen this on discord chat for some time. Excited to see it here.
Excited to be here, it's been too long since I last posted XD.

Love the detail on that case top  :thumb:
Thank you 002_GT.

I thought it was so beautiful when I saw it in zfrontier, China.

Thank you so much for opening up global sales. ;)
Thank you for your interests, you reminded me of the few dozen posts I've yet to respond on zfrontier.


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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 05:59:50 »
This one has my attention  :cool:

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 06:38:31 »
Design looks interesting, but one major criticism is that the plate design is absolutely abysmal. The majority of the flex being *away* from you when typing is going to A feel really awful, and B its going to be extremely inconsistent. Please consider using the more orthodox tgr jane v2/otdt 360c style plate mounting/design.
Otherwise glwic

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 09:51:50 »
佛总加油,aaru加油

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 10:27:47 »
This is so incredibly great, we definitely need more of this type of revolutionary design in this community, I'll definitely try to get my hands onto this once it comes out :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 10:33:22 »
definitely need one of these
Thanks Eigencat.

This one has my attention  :cool:
  ;D Stay tuned maestro

Woah! This is very cool!!
Thank you for your support.

Design looks interesting, but one major criticism is that the plate design is absolutely abysmal. The majority of the flex being *away* from you when typing is going to A feel really awful, and B its going to be extremely inconsistent. Please consider using the more orthodox tgr jane v2/otdt 360c style plate mounting/design.
Otherwise glwic
Thank you yuki for your criticism and interest. I worry the said plate won't go well to sit switches on hot-swap sockets. Although I personally don't find it awful, but your input is dully noted. I've always wanted to test out the haptics with various plate designs, materials and mounting mechanisms with each case designs. I hope I'll get to the right configuration for you soon.

What a cool looking board.


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On this for sure if those hieroglyphics come out as intended. Looks sick.
I pray they survive coating too.

This looks insane!
lol, Thanks SenseiJia


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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 23:40:51 »
Looks like a stunner!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 15:30:43 »
Really unique design, glad that you are bringing this to the international market.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 19:03:45 »
Can't wait to see more of this, love the ancient egypt themeing.
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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #46 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 19:33:22 »
If this is the 8th Millennial item, this is too much power for this world. With this, one man could take soul control of finger inputs as we know it. Although this is one kick-@$$ design. Would love to own one of these.

Bring the GB on!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #47 on: Mon, 27 July 2020, 20:24:52 »
That's a beautiful board! I'm looking forward to the GB. Are you expecting it to be more towards the end of the year? Asking just for budget purposes to make some room.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL
« Reply #48 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 02:19:56 »
The matte black is super nice. I'm in!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1 Jul-29
« Reply #49 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 11:51:22 »
佛总加油,aaru加油
谢谢亲~~

This is so incredibly great, we definitely need more of this type of revolutionary design in this community, I'll definitely try to get my hands onto this once it comes out :thumb:

Thank you for the compliment fabijolo, we wish we won't disappoint.

That's a beautiful board! I'm looking forward to the GB. Are you expecting it to be more towards the end of the year? Asking just for budget purposes to make some room.
Thanks for the compliment, Hyphen. We're working to make the gb available around September~October. Still are many things to be ironed out.   

Can't wait to see more of this, love the ancient egypt themeing.
Thank you so much Vaiur.

Really unique design, glad that you are bringing this to the international market.
Thank you FLawLesS, we're excited to, though being the first timer, there are many things to work out for the international gb to go smooth.

If this is the 8th Millennial item, this is too much power for this world. With this, one man could take soul control of finger inputs as we know it. Although this is one kick-@$$ design. Would love to own one of these.

Bring the GB on!
LOL, even if it is, there would be too many replicas in a range of different colors to tell.  Thank you for the kind words Anthixious.

The matte black is super nice. I'm in!
Thanks DaddyPhill, stay tuned for the set photos next.

Looks like a stunner!
Thank you mattv.


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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1 Jul-29
« Reply #50 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 11:57:50 »
Just the other day I was wondering, "When is someone going to do an engraved case?" And here we are. =)

Count me in.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1 Jul-29
« Reply #51 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 12:01:40 »
BTW, a tan/sand color would be perfect for this board.  :)

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« Reply #52 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 12:08:14 »
Wow. This is some next level ****. Imhotep approves.  :thumb:

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« Reply #53 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 12:23:55 »
When this gets made and shipped out, be very cautious all you buyers. Dr. Chamberlain is gonna spawn from out of nowhere and scream "NOOOOOO! You must not read from the keyboard!"  :)) :))

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« Reply #54 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 14:48:25 »
Really awesome design!

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« Reply #55 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 15:33:39 »
This is really nice man! <3

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1 Jul-29
« Reply #56 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 15:37:10 »
Holy moly. This one is a stunner. How was the manufacturer physically able to do the hieroglyph embossing so accurately? I have never seen anything like it in the keyboard world. Special details like logos have always been engraved, as far as I know!

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« Reply #57 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 15:42:12 »
Love this theme. I'm in.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #58 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 17:12:03 »
This looks hella nice. I'm a really big fan of the weight and back design.

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« Reply #59 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 17:22:18 »
Count me in on this, really loving the matte black look. Hopefully this will be available in decent numbers, too!

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« Reply #60 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 18:21:02 »
This is an absolute must for me, so cool to see!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #61 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 19:07:38 »
Is there an IC form we could fill out? I have an amazing color scheme I'd love if this goes live as a GB.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #62 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 19:34:20 »
Iím curious how the hieroglyphs feel to the touch? Also notice that the protos have different hieroglyphic layouts, is that something that is going to be a thing, no one board is exactly the same?

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« Reply #63 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 19:58:47 »
This in gold + GMK Sandstorm

Oh man, I'm gonna need this.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #64 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 20:52:25 »
This in gold + GMK Sandstorm

Oh man, I'm gonna need this.

Either one of these:

100% gold for top and bottom case + black caps with gold lettering.
Gold top case, black bottom case + black caps/gold lettering or gold caps/black lettering.
 :D

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #65 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 21:27:04 »
If it hasn't been said already, I think it'd be important for the allowance of changing the color of the USB C outlet along with the bar that runs along the center encasing it. I think if I'm going to buy a kit, would love to go for a matte black/shimmering gold color scheme.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #66 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 00:31:26 »
Holy moly. This one is a stunner. How was the manufacturer physically able to do the hieroglyph embossing so accurately? I have never seen anything like it in the keyboard world. Special details like logos have always been engraved, as far as I know!
It's drawn on 3d file directly then transcribed to cnc routing, not a font or AI file, it's just another milling project, on a larger area so to speak. Takes longer, and have more risks of failure lol.
Iím curious how the hieroglyphs feel to the touch? Also notice that the protos have different hieroglyphic layouts, is that something that is going to be a thing, no one board is exactly the same?
You have a keen observation, the hieroglyphs did change from proto 1 (gold) to proto 2 (black anodized, and the silver unfinished), it's just a design switch. And no, it's not going to be a thing, (and it'd be way more crazy logistically speaking to do that), every top will be exactly the same as the proto 2.



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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #67 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 00:44:53 »
Wait prototype 1 was gold? Is gold not going to be a final color?  :'(

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #68 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 00:47:14 »
Count me in on this, really loving the matte black look. Hopefully this will be available in decent numbers, too!
Thanks, it should be, though it takes time for us to flesh out everything before launching the gb.
Wow. This is some next level ****. Imhotep approves.  :thumb:
Thanks for approval ddrfraser1. Stay tuned.

This in gold + GMK Sandstorm

Oh man, I'm gonna need this.
I love the sandstorm color scheme too.

This is so incredibly great, we definitely need more of this type of revolutionary design in this community, I'll definitely try to get my hands onto this once it comes out :thumb:

I've came to realize, reluctantly, that it's a design ppl either really dig or hate. I'm really happy to see you like it : )

This is really nice man! <3
Thanks synmuffin

Love this theme. I'm in.
Thank you, stay tuned.

BTW, a tan/sand color would be perfect for this board.  :)
Yeah, trying out on a few on protos.

This is an absolute must for me, so cool to see!
XD I'm glad you like it Eastji.

This looks hella nice. I'm a really big fan of the weight and back design.
Thank you! eye of horus yay!

Really awesome design!
Thanks JMims, welcome to our discord.

If it hasn't been said already, I think it'd be important for the allowance of changing the color of the USB C outlet along with the bar that runs along the center encasing it. I think if I'm going to buy a kit, would love to go for a matte black/shimmering gold color scheme.
Yeah, you'll have that option, its a custom keyboard after all, though the customization part is somewhat limited than average.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #69 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 01:00:47 »
Yeah, you'll have that option, its a custom keyboard after all, though the customization part is somewhat limited than average.

If customizing this piece of treasure is wrong, I don't want to be right!  :))

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #70 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 01:06:13 »
Looks great, Good luck man!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #71 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 01:12:42 »
You have a keen observation, the hieroglyphs did change from proto 1 (gold) to proto 2 (black anodized, and the silver unfinished), it's just a design switch. And no, it's not going to be a thing, (and it'd be way more crazy logistically speaking to do that), every top will be exactly the same as the proto 2.

Yeah that makes sense. I can only imagine the logistics behind all different layouts!

Weight and bottom case engraving look great too!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #72 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 04:23:17 »
As a descendant of the Anunaki and cloud people I must have this. Will there by chance be one available without the hieroglyphs?

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #73 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 08:21:28 »
I told myself no more keyboards this year but this is one I have to make an exception for. This thing is incredible.

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« Reply #74 on: Thu, 30 July 2020, 19:51:40 »
this is on my list

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #75 on: Thu, 30 July 2020, 19:53:28 »
Quickly glanced over the IC so please forgive me if you've answered these questions or if I missed it

1) Will a solderable PCB be available
2) Will it come in either WKL or Tsangan layout (I see Tsangan in one render but wondering)

I look forward to this going into GB, thanks.
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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #76 on: Sat, 01 August 2020, 08:58:35 »
This looks mad! I love it.

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« Reply #77 on: Sun, 02 August 2020, 16:50:41 »
This looks amazing! Very interested and will be waiting patiently for the GB

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #78 on: Sun, 02 August 2020, 17:37:16 »
This is very impressive. Milling the hieroglyphs will cost a fortune though, it cant be cheap, can it ? Quite impressive if you manage to keep it below $500..

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #79 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 12:32:00 »
As a descendant of the Anunaki and cloud people I must have this. Will there by chance be one available without the hieroglyphs?

Sorry Space_Case88, we haven't considered an "Aaru-lite" yet.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #80 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 12:43:33 »
Quickly glanced over the IC so please forgive me if you've answered these questions or if I missed it

1) Will a solderable PCB be available
2) Will it come in either WKL or Tsangan layout (I see Tsangan in one render but wondering)



I look forward to this going into GB, thanks.

Hi there, thank you for your interest.
Yes, there will be a soldering pcb and 1.5mm plate for choice, however, unfortunately we don't full support Tsangan in this design due to mounting and wiring schematics, while stepped caps, 7u space bar are supported.

I told myself no more keyboards this year but this is one I have to make an exception for. This thing is incredible.
Thank you for making the exception grimis : )


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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #81 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 18:44:11 »
I'm so hyped for this keyboard.

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« Reply #82 on: Wed, 05 August 2020, 00:05:15 »
man, that's some insane engravings

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #83 on: Wed, 05 August 2020, 08:19:41 »
I'm so hyped for this keyboard.
Thanks MajorKoos, updates coming soon.

man, that's some insane engravings
Yeah man, totally.

this is on my list
Pleasure to be on it.

This is very impressive. Milling the hieroglyphs will cost a fortune though, it cant be cheap, can it ? Quite impressive if you manage to keep it below $500..

No, it can't. We're just brute forcing it. lol

This looks amazing! Very interested and will be waiting patiently for the GB
Thank you for your patience, CallMeCac, i hope we won't let you down.







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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #84 on: Sat, 08 August 2020, 11:15:05 »
I love the idea behind this keyboard. The English alphabet encased within one of the most important ancient Egyptian texts really strikes me. It also makes me think about how our alphabet has developed from ancient Hieroglyphics. With some quick googling I found out how our language developed, and it looked like this: Egyptian hieroglyphics -> Phoenician alphabet -> Greek alphabet -> Etruscan alphabet -> Latin alphabet -> English alphabet. Having the seemingly earliest written language represented in a keyboard which is a vessel for communicating in our modern language is just super cool to me. I'm also a sucker for ancient Egyptian aesthetic in general so this keyboard is really exciting. Good luck with everything, I'm excited to see what colors you end up choosing.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #85 on: Mon, 10 August 2020, 01:24:39 »
Outstanding. I'm keen!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #86 on: Tue, 11 August 2020, 04:56:55 »
Absolutely gorgeous! definitely in! going to put KAT Oasis on there!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #87 on: Tue, 18 August 2020, 17:46:40 »
Gold Top, Black or Dark Purple Bottom, and Gold weight please. I want to put gmk phantom on it. Egyptian Royalty or Millennium Item
« Last Edit: Tue, 18 August 2020, 17:48:37 by HaX »

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #88 on: Wed, 19 August 2020, 14:17:21 »
Outstanding. I'm keen!
Thanks dibstern.

I love the idea behind this keyboard. The English alphabet encased within one of the most important ancient Egyptian texts really strikes me. It also makes me think about how our alphabet has developed from ancient Hieroglyphics. With some quick googling I found out how our language developed, and it looked like this: Egyptian hieroglyphics -> Phoenician alphabet -> Greek alphabet -> Etruscan alphabet -> Latin alphabet -> English alphabet. Having the seemingly earliest written language represented in a keyboard which is a vessel for communicating in our modern language is just super cool to me. I'm also a sucker for ancient Egyptian aesthetic in general so this keyboard is really exciting. Good luck with everything, I'm excited to see what colors you end up choosing.
wow, I think you enriched the meaningfulness of this keyboard. Tks boxturtle. I really enjoyed reading your thought on the design.

Absolutely gorgeous! definitely in! going to put KAT Oasis on there!
Thanks JSaintS, I've been having trouble finding cap set on my black prototype.

Gold Top, Black or Dark Purple Bottom, and Gold weight please. I want to put gmk phantom on it. Egyptian Royalty or Millennium Item
Black and Gold, timeless classic.


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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #89 on: Wed, 19 August 2020, 15:46:17 »
Very unique design, I am interested.
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Offline stein3

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #90 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 07:58:44 »
I love the idea behind this keyboard. The English alphabet encased within one of the most important ancient Egyptian texts really strikes me. It also makes me think about how our alphabet has developed from ancient Hieroglyphics. With some quick googling I found out how our language developed, and it looked like this: Egyptian hieroglyphics -> Phoenician alphabet -> Greek alphabet -> Etruscan alphabet -> Latin alphabet -> English alphabet. Having the seemingly earliest written language represented in a keyboard which is a vessel for communicating in our modern language is just super cool to me. I'm also a sucker for ancient Egyptian aesthetic in general so this keyboard is really exciting. Good luck with everything, I'm excited to see what colors you end up choosing.
wow, I think you enriched the meaningfulness of this keyboard. Tks boxturtle. I really enjoyed reading your thought on the design.
This is a great way of looking at it. Thanks from me as well!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #91 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 21:00:11 »
Looks absolutely insane, especially on the more pastel colors. Consider me very interested.

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #92 on: Thu, 20 August 2020, 23:12:36 »
definitely interested as it is particularly unique design

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Looks absolutely insane, especially on the more pastel colors. Consider me very interested.

Thank you, welcome to our server for more info.

Offline outerspace

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OMG, the sphinx themed arrow cluster looks so cool! Is that the sand color featured in the picture with sphinx arrows? Also, is it the milk white color in the picture right below it?

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OMG, the sphinx themed arrow cluster looks so cool! Is that the sand color featured in the picture with sphinx arrows? Also, is it the milk white color in the picture right below it?

Hi Outerspace, yeah, it is of the two sand colors there with sphinx arrows.  The actual milk white color should be updated soon, stay tuned : )

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I am in if there is a matte light pink.

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Count me in for this for sure!

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Re: [IC] Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 1.1 Jul-29
« Reply #98 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 16:50:07 »
Those are some big updates! It's been a pleasure following the project development. The new machining process makes the hieroglyphics look so much cleaner.



I love the idea behind this keyboard. The English alphabet encased within one of the most important ancient Egyptian texts really strikes me. It also makes me think about how our alphabet has developed from ancient Hieroglyphics. With some quick googling I found out how our language developed, and it looked like this: Egyptian hieroglyphics -> Phoenician alphabet -> Greek alphabet -> Etruscan alphabet -> Latin alphabet -> English alphabet. Having the seemingly earliest written language represented in a keyboard which is a vessel for communicating in our modern language is just super cool to me. I'm also a sucker for ancient Egyptian aesthetic in general so this keyboard is really exciting. Good luck with everything, I'm excited to see what colors you end up choosing.
wow, I think you enriched the meaningfulness of this keyboard. Tks boxturtle. I really enjoyed reading your thought on the design.
This is a great way of looking at it. Thanks from me as well!

You're welcome!

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 3 Sep-13- China gb live
« Reply #99 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 17:44:10 »
Count me in for this for sure!

Excited to see your mat's final design for our collaboration.

I am in if there is a matte light pink.
There is this

Those are some big updates! It's been a pleasure following the project development. The new machining process makes the hieroglyphics look so much cleaner.

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I love the idea behind this keyboard. The English alphabet encased within one of the most important ancient Egyptian texts really strikes me. It also makes me think about how our alphabet has developed from ancient Hieroglyphics. With some quick googling I found out how our language developed, and it looked like this: Egyptian hieroglyphics -> Phoenician alphabet -> Greek alphabet -> Etruscan alphabet -> Latin alphabet -> English alphabet. Having the seemingly earliest written language represented in a keyboard which is a vessel for communicating in our modern language is just super cool to me. I'm also a sucker for ancient Egyptian aesthetic in general so this keyboard is really exciting. Good luck with everything, I'm excited to see what colors you end up choosing.
wow, I think you enriched the meaningfulness of this keyboard. Tks boxturtle. I really enjoyed reading your thought on the design.
This is a great way of looking at it. Thanks from me as well!

You're welcome!
really appreciate you reading my wall of texts. It's rare and precious these days.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 3 Sep-13- China gb live
« Reply #100 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 14:40:47 »
Hope to see the numpad come along.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 3 Sep-13- China gb live
« Reply #101 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 19:23:28 »
Beautiful board!
Not really a fan of TKL but damn if I'm not tempted by this. It's definitely a unique board. The Sphinx artisan is also insane.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 3 Sep-13- China gb live
« Reply #102 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 21:30:03 »
Can I please render this kind sir.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 3 Sep-13- China gb live
« Reply #103 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 14:27:51 »
Ya, let me figure something out for this.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 3 Sep-13- China gb live
« Reply #104 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 03:09:39 »
yo that black/gold Aaru pad render goes hard!

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 3 Sep-13- China gb live
« Reply #105 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 08:14:10 »
Wow, very inspirational work! Liking the story and concept behind this board :)

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 4 Oct18- China gb ended
« Reply #106 on: Fri, 23 October 2020, 14:34:40 »
Can't believe it's been 3 month already.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 4 Oct18- China gb ended
« Reply #107 on: Sat, 24 October 2020, 17:27:12 »
A request for numpad and linkolin-kun to be available internationally


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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 4 Oct18- China gb ended
« Reply #108 on: Mon, 26 October 2020, 04:26:05 »
Any sound test yet?

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 4 Oct18- China gb ended
« Reply #109 on: Mon, 26 October 2020, 05:31:00 »
This is highly beautiful and highly cursed. Great job!

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 4 Oct18- China gb ended
« Reply #110 on: Mon, 26 October 2020, 08:11:03 »
Your board is nice and all but real talk

Will linkolin-kun be available in GB or was it china-exclusive? :'(

Will buy like 30

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 4 Oct18- China gb ended
« Reply #111 on: Mon, 26 October 2020, 12:47:42 »
Your board is nice and all but real talk

Will linkolin-kun be available in GB or was it china-exclusive? :'(

Will buy like 30

This is a very good question



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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #112 on: Sat, 19 December 2020, 17:37:54 »
Your board is nice and all but real talk

Will linkolin-kun be available in GB or was it china-exclusive? :'(

Will buy like 30

Yeah, it will be available worldwide, I'm dead serious about our mascot! lol
Global gb should be soon.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #113 on: Sat, 19 December 2020, 19:41:28 »
Wow wow. price is not as high as I thought it would be. looks awesome!!
Good luck with the group buy
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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #114 on: Sun, 20 December 2020, 17:29:28 »
I can't get over the fact that the wrist wrest photo was taken on an empty plane by a dude in a suit. Did you guys rent an entire plane out for that photo? Hahahaha.

GLWIC :)

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #115 on: Sun, 20 December 2020, 20:16:03 »
I can't get over the fact that the wrist wrest photo was taken on an empty plane by a dude in a suit. Did you guys rent an entire plane out for that photo? Hahahaha.

GLWIC :)

What's even crazier is that each seat of the plane has a headrest cover advertising the keyboard

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #116 on: Thu, 31 December 2020, 15:23:19 »
On the discord they're mentioning a possible GB start or at least a possible check out trial run for later this evening. Obviously this may change, but for those who wanna free up some money for a board and a Linkolin-kun...it's time.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #117 on: Sun, 03 January 2021, 23:16:45 »
So sick looking. Definitely tempted.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #118 on: Sat, 30 January 2021, 20:54:22 »
i think this is beautiful. can i know how much is already sold? i think i want to buy this but it will take me a week or two until i can buy.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #119 on: Sat, 30 January 2021, 22:48:29 »
I dig the design

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #120 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 08:56:32 »
i think this is beautiful. can i know how much is already sold? i think i want to buy this but it will take me a week or two until i can buy.

I think you'll have plenty of time. R has said many times that the GB is designed so that everyone who wants one will have plenty of time to get one. Best way of confirming is via Discord, you'll get a re-assuring answer very quickly.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #121 on: Tue, 10 August 2021, 11:50:56 »
My AARU arrived today. The detailed CNC is very impressive.



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Offline GavinGR

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #122 on: Thu, 26 August 2021, 16:02:01 »
Is the project still afloat?
Don't seem to be able to join DC.
Wanna buy it so badly.

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Re: [IC]Helix Lab - Aaru TKL -Update 5 Dec20- Global gb soon
« Reply #123 on: Thu, 26 August 2021, 18:54:05 »
Is the project still afloat?
Don't seem to be able to join DC.
Wanna buy it so badly.

GB R1 is already closed and under the shipping now.
I joined R1 just before the close of R1, mine is on Fedex now.
It means that R1 will be completed at soon.

There's not any specific plan for R2, it's not so long if Helix Lab has a willing for R2.