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[IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard - In production
« on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:18:21 »


Orbit-X
Ergonomic keyboard by ai03
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Small board, bold design. Orbit-X unites a comfortable ergonomic layout with a high-end CNC-milled case to create a luxurious experience thatís easy to learn and enjoyable to use.





Ready By Design

An unusual layout can be daunting to use, especially if coming from something very different.
Orbit-X has been designed specifically to be easy to migrate to, regardless of what your current layout preferences are.

Typical modifier key placements means your fingers move where they should.
A carefully devised layout makes use of symmetric key placements to keep layout memorization to an absolute minimum while offering functionality comparable to a board as large as a TKL.





Tailored to You

The Orbit-X layout packs in function as close to the home position as possible to minimize finger movement.
The bottom row modifiers allow for easy migration from typical keyboard layouts, and the thumb cluster is reduced to two keys to reduce thumb strain as much as possible.
A top-mounted polycarbonate plate matches the layout with the typing comfort required.

The case is designed with light-catching curves that adorn the front and rear, paired with strong straight sides that give the tiny board a daring look well beyond its size.
The "screwless" internal screw design hides all screws out of sight once assembled, leaving the curvatures unbroken even on the bottom.
A specially designed polycarbonate wristrest matches the Orbit-Xís aesthetic perfectly while supporting your wrists for the most demanding typing sessions.





The do-everything keyboard

Just as the layout is tailored to the hand, the entire board can be tailored to your preferences.
Leave the supplied foam layer out for the extreme flex and typing comfort of a top-mounted polycarbonate plate, or drop it in to obtain maximized acoustics rare for a board of this size.

Both halves have a USB-C connector, so you can pick which one to use based on which is convenient for your cable.
The wristrests can be placed in front of the board for extended typing sessions, or removed to maximize desk estate.
If you only need one handís worth of keys for a task, you can plug in only one half of Orbit-X and extend available desk space even further.





Specifications
Case: Aluminum, likely grey and black, custom cut sub-PCB foam included
Plate: Polycarbonate, top mount
PCB: Soldered switches (non-hotswap)
Wristrests: Polycarbonate
Note: Polycarbonate is prone to visual damage due to its soft finish. The wristrest will pick up wear and tear over time.
Connections: USB-C to PC, 3.5mm TRRS between halves
Case Mass: ~350g per half, ~700g both halves, ~1kg with wristrests

Layout and Default Keymap:


Units: Around 100 total
Price: To be announced
Vendors: To be announced

Depending on response to the IC and other factors, the board may skip group buying and go straight to production for in-stock sale.
For faster updates and push notifications regarding this project, please join my Discord server here, then run the command .iam Orbit-X in the #bot-spam channel.







« Last Edit: Mon, 30 March 2020, 04:29:10 by ai03 »

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:18:40 »
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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:23:10 »
The symmetric punctuation keys is super interesting to me - I have to try this now on my corne !
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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:25:21 »
Interested if you can make it an stock item

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:42:34 »
Interested if you can make it an stock item

Depending on demand here at this IC, on the Discord server, and in various other communities, there is a strong chance that it may happen.
(Also because I'm sick and tired from many of my recent GBs having issues one way or another)

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:48:00 »
Since i've seen the pictures on insta i'm really interested. I like the fact your choose TRRS for linking both sides, give a lot of customization possibilities.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 08:49:27 »
Shut up and take my money

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:10:33 »
I've been waiting for this. Very excited!!

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:16:43 »
I've been regretting selling my ergodox a couple years back, I think this will be it's replacement

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 09:47:08 »
Not normally one for ergosplit boards, but this has me super interested and excited.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 10:19:52 »
Last night I saw these PCBs for sale on SpaceCat Designs. They look really intriguing, but I don't have the equipment or SMD soldering experience necessary to assemble. Interested!

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 10:22:00 »
Oh man that case looks rad!

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 12:05:54 »
So are both colored keys spacebar and backspace is the top right key? I know its reprogrammable, but thats unusual, I would expect one if the spacebars to be (back)space.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 12:12:27 »
Interested if you can make it an stock item

Depending on demand here at this IC, on the Discord server, and in various other communities, there is a strong chance that it may happen.
(Also because I'm sick and tired from many of my recent GBs having issues one way or another)

Perfect, stock Vega too :D

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 12:20:32 »
What's the angle of the board? I didn't see it listed.


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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 12:21:36 »
Been waiting for this one. Very interested.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 12:46:25 »
Got to mess with this a bit at socal, soooooo excited.  :cool:
Get ready for everybody who never wanted to try a corne/ergodash to want in lmaoooo
If I could suggest anything it would maybe be some tenting capabilities of some sort? I'm sure you've thought of it before and I'm curious what you think about it!
« Last Edit: Wed, 01 January 2020, 13:17:02 by Kokaloo »

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 16:41:16 »
Why choose TRRS over USB-C for interlink?

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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 16:47:38 »
Why choose TRRS over USB-C for interlink?

Might directly connect the matrices instead of connecting two USB devices. That or the connector is smaller and can be rotated without unplugging it.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 16:48:04 »
I like.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 17:20:15 »
Why choose TRRS over USB-C for interlink?

Might directly connect the matrices instead of connecting two USB devices. That or the connector is smaller and can be rotated without unplugging it.
Either way, USB-C or TRRS, the connectors and conductors are 4 wires connecting two PCBs together. Makes no difference on matrices. Issue with TRRS is you're shorting the pins against each other when you plug in or unplug. I recently built a Sol2 that uses USB-C interconnect and it's great.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 18:54:16 »
I like the layout a lot. Any plans to have PCB available separately?



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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 19:45:17 »
Why choose TRRS over USB-C for interlink?
So people don't blow up their OrbitXs by plugging in the USB cable from the computer into the interlink port.

If I could suggest anything it would maybe be some tenting capabilities of some sort? I'm sure you've thought of it before and I'm curious what you think about it!
I might ready data for some 3D printed blocks for the board to rest on to provide the tenting.

What's the angle of the board? I didn't see it listed.
7 degrees.

So are both colored keys spacebar and backspace is the top right key? I know its reprogrammable, but thats unusual, I would expect one if the spacebars to be (back)space.
Both of the large thumb keys are bound to space by default to make migration/learning easy when coming from typical long-spacebar layouts. Of course, it is possible to change the layout to something you prefer.

I like the layout a lot. Any plans to have PCB available separately?
I will be open-sourcing (or already did, I forget) the PCB in the future.

Edit: I think this is the latest copy, but there's always the chance I left some commits unuploaded, so proceed at your own risk for the time being.
https://github.com/ai03-2725/Orbit/tree/master/OrbitX-PCB
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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 20:24:38 »
I like the layout a lot. Any plans to have PCB available separately?
See here: https://spacecat.design/collections/pcbs-cases-kits/products/orbit-pcb-sets-mx-choc

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« Reply #24 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 20:58:29 »
I like the layout a lot. Any plans to have PCB available separately?
See here: https://spacecat.design/collections/pcbs-cases-kits/products/orbit-pcb-sets-mx-choc

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That's for the regular Orbit, not the Orbit-X.

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« Reply #25 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 21:01:58 »
I like the layout a lot. Any plans to have PCB available separately?
See here: https://spacecat.design/collections/pcbs-cases-kits/products/orbit-pcb-sets-mx-choc

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That's for the regular Orbit, not the Orbit-X.
Ooohhh

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« Reply #26 on: Wed, 01 January 2020, 21:50:45 »
I'm extremely interested in this board, have been following it as closely as possible, really hope I can get one :)

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 13:19:21 »
Wow this is sexy.


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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 13:25:52 »
Is the foam layer cut by you in house, or is that something being produced custom?

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 19:30:54 »
Is the foam layer cut by you in house, or is that something being produced custom?
Custom-cut at the factory.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 19:43:47 »
Cooool! Interested to see what the price will be.

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« Reply #31 on: Thu, 02 January 2020, 22:16:11 »
iím interested. what is projected timeline for this group buy?

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Fri, 03 January 2020, 11:42:17 »
interested, but it depends on price

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 03 January 2020, 21:58:37 »
iím interested. what is projected timeline for this group buy?
Based on the feedback so far at Geekhack and Discord, it's likely that I may just start production of a few units sooner or later.

interested, but it depends on price
The price tag likely won't amaze you, for it's basically two top mounted customs, one per hand.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Sat, 04 January 2020, 01:02:15 »
It's a shame that this isn't gasket mounted, like the GSKT-00.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Sat, 04 January 2020, 04:10:43 »
It's a shame that this isn't gasket mounted, like the GSKT-00.
What do you expect from gaskets for this board other than gasket mount is hip?

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #36 on: Sat, 04 January 2020, 05:43:11 »
It's a shame that this isn't gasket mounted, like the GSKT-00.

Given how the "gasket" works in GSKT, it would likely not be functional in this form factor.
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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Sat, 04 January 2020, 16:11:38 »
at this moment Orbit-X, I think, best split-ergo board I've ever seen
flat design, human ergonomic (especially for thumb) and aesthetic case

Very interested.
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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 05 January 2020, 23:55:19 »
I need another keyboard like a hole in the head - but I MUST have this beauty! 😊

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« Reply #39 on: Mon, 06 January 2020, 22:25:30 »
Very interested, will insta buy as soon as available.

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« Reply #40 on: Mon, 06 January 2020, 22:39:45 »
You are killing it with the polaris and the equinox. Count me in for this one too

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« Reply #41 on: Tue, 07 January 2020, 03:11:21 »
I am highly considering it, the problem for me is even the loss of the num-row, which may be not so pleasantly to use for the purpose i intend of using this keyboard.



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« Reply #42 on: Tue, 07 January 2020, 11:48:57 »
Super Cool keeb !!!

1) Does it wear ProMicros ?

2) Can this keyboard be configured through QMK ?

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #43 on: Wed, 08 January 2020, 07:37:31 »
Are you going to produce the Orbit (not the Orbit-X) or have you already done that and I missed it?  I think the Orbit-X is beautiful but I prefer 5 x keyboards like the Ergodash and Iris and the Orbit looks like a beautiful option for that form factor.

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« Reply #44 on: Wed, 08 January 2020, 10:04:05 »
very very interested!

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« Reply #45 on: Wed, 08 January 2020, 11:59:15 »
Not enough keys for me personally but that's a really pretty design!  :) I feel like this is perfect for Planck users that want something a bit more ergonomic.

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 09 January 2020, 20:03:53 »
this looks great count me in.

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« Reply #47 on: Fri, 10 January 2020, 00:21:18 »
This looks great, I'm in!

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Re: [IC] Orbit-X: Compact Split Ergonomic Keyboard
« Reply #48 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 03:26:27 »
Are you going to produce the Orbit (not the Orbit-X) or have you already done that and I missed it? 
It started GB around 1.5 years ago, and I'm guilty of still not having finished it (on third manufacturing attempt after the first two factories gave out).
The regular Orbit will ship to the buyers before OrbitX goes on sale.

1) Does it wear ProMicros ?
2) Can this keyboard be configured through QMK ?
1) No; it uses pre-soldered on-board MCUs.
2) Yes. The current prototype I've been using as a daily driver is working fine with QMK so far.


Also, some good news:
Based on general feedback, this board seems to have enough interest that I can avoid the pain of GB and jump straight to manufacturing as an in-stock item whenever it's ready.
I have begun preparing for the process, but it will be after CNY before it is ready, since just about every factory is closing for the holidays.

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« Reply #49 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 05:20:17 »
Great news!  Forgive the noob question, but when you say it will become a general stock item, do you mean something in the next few months?  :)