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Offline Arezok

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[IC] Infinity 68
« on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 19:50:40 »
The Infinity 68 










This is a redesign of my previous project - The OIL-68.  While it borrows a lot from that design, I decided to lean into the "Infinity" theme and change the name.  What I present here is largely the finished design, but I would like input on the colors.  If you could please take a moment to fill out the Interest Check form, I'd greatly appreciate it. 
It can be found here: https://forms.gle/NfusY5Lf7aoPD7fK7

















Specs:

Mounting Type: Top Mount

Layout: ANSI
- ISO Plate files are designed and will be offered if MOQ is met. Otherwise I will release the files for personal manufacture.

Typing Angle: 7 Degrees

Materials: Aluminum (Case) and Brass (Weight, Plate, Accents)

Colors: *Pending results of Interest Check.
Case: 3/6 of the following
- Black
- White
- Grey
- Forest Green
- Navy Blue
- Burnt Red
Weight: 2/3 of the following
-PVD Clear
-PVD Black
-PVD Silver

PCB: Designed by Gondolindrim
- USB-C
- QMK/Via
- Stepped Caps Lock
- Split Backspace
- Default kit comes with Solderable PCB.
- Hotswap PCBs will be offered as an addon. 

Price: TBD

Timeframe: TBD

Quantity: TBD


Render Album:
https://imgur.com/a/6nsOjok

Interest Check Form:
https://forms.gle/NfusY5Lf7aoPD7fK7




Special Thanks to:
Gahhbage
For providing inspiration and input during the initial concept and design and for continuing to provide feedback throughout.  I'm looking forward to working with you on future boards!
Gondolindrim
For taking the project on and teaching me the ins and outs of pcb design in the process. 
DaleSnail
For providing his time to answer my numerous questions in addition to the tons of renders I made him do over and over again. 


Contact Info:
Discord: Arezok#6945
Geekhack: Arezok
Reddit: /u/Arezok
Email: Arezok.keyboards@gmail.com


5/23 Edit: First off, I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the Interest Check form.  While I've been silent, I've not been absent from reading everyone's comments and I found a common theme...There was an overwhelming number of people requesting hotswap.  So Gondolindrim and I talked about adding it to the board.  Ultimately, he agreed to design a new hotswap PCB that we will offer during the group buy to be purchased as an extra while the default board will be shipped with a solderable PCB..  The decision to leave hotswap out of the plans for the board was the result of a few thoughts. 
1: My initial concern was that the removal of all of the switches would cause the pcb to fall down to the bottom of the case, rendering the "hotswap" function useless.  While this is true, I was overlooking the fact that a significant reason hotswap is popular is that a majority of people don't have a soldering station or experience soldering. 
2: Gondolindrim and I both felt there would be a large amount of support for the variable switch plate, which makes implementing the hotswap sockets more difficult to accomplish.  We had expected some requests for hotswap, but not nearly as many as we received.
« Last Edit: Sat, 23 May 2020, 16:38:52 by Arezok »

Offline Arezok

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 19:51:07 »
Reserved

Offline Alessio01

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 19:51:43 »
eh

Offline mydens

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 19:53:16 »
The Esc key is so awkward.

Offline sayantanroy47

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 19:55:55 »
no hotswap? :(

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 20:09:28 »
GlwIC!  :thumb:

Offline jorj_mk

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 20:29:51 »
Do you have any reasoning for seperating the Esc key? Doesn't make it look particularly better IMO and makes it very awkward to use...
GLwIC tho!
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Offline Inner-Ear

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 20:35:05 »
Soooo...put the Esc in its proper place and start the GB today

Offline Aloyz0991

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 20:40:20 »
Yeah **** the haters, I'll take one as is!


Offline adamjohari

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 20:58:15 »
Esc key is kinda awkward. The lines surrounding the keys, not too sure how I feel about that...
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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 21:27:13 »
Insert social distancing pun
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Offline Ren_Kaos

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 21:28:38 »
I really love this design! Definitely donít mind the offset escape, itís something different and helps the board stand out.

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 21:46:28 »
Looks like I'm in the minority but I'm hella digging the Esc placement

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 21:56:57 »
i love the escape key and im in love with this board! thought id be in for the green but black and smoke grey really steal the show, count me in if when it goes all the way!

Offline reaLFX

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 22:12:23 »
Would love a hotswap version

Offline fabijolo

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 23:54:57 »
Very interesting looking, I'll keep an I on that

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 01:36:23 »
Please no raffle or limit to 100

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 04:01:34 »
Since the placement of the escape key seems so polarizing, I think you should embrace that fact and call the board the 'Escape 68'.
By doing so you will have stated right off the bat that the placement is not up for debate and that the separation is a driving feature of the design/board.

EDIT: Also, I think Infinity might be a little too close to Infinitum and Infinikey.

Offline quadrotiles

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 04:09:33 »
The offset escape key is definitely cool and makes this board stand out from other designs :)

Offline ergusto

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 05:56:30 »
Another lover of the ESC key placement here. Really adds to the keyboard's unique feel and seems to play quite nicely with and mirror the placement of the arrow keys.

Filled the interest check, would join the group buy in an instant. Love the art-deco-y feel to this board.

Offline Arezok

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 08:41:29 »
The Esc key is so awkward.

Do you have any reasoning for seperating the Esc key? Doesn't make it look particularly better IMO and makes it very awkward to use...
GLwIC tho!

Sorry to hear it's not your cup of tea!  It was moved there for a few reasons:
1 - I don't use the `~ key since I don't do any programming, so I took it out.  I also didn't want the Esc key right next to my "1" key, so I moved it out to provide separation
2 - It provides a sense of separation without chunking the board up too much and works to balance the separated clusters on the right side
3 - I just like how it looks.  It's unique and I think funky keyboards are kind of awesome!

no hotswap? :(

No, sorry!  For a little backstory, this board started off as a personal project for my friend and myself to produce two keyboards - 1 for each of us.  Since neither of us wanted hotswap, I did not design the mounting to accommodate it.  Unfortunately, I don't foresee this being revised to hotswap.  If there's a round 2, I will look into making this change though!

Edit: Gondolindrim and I had a quick discussion earlier about this.  It seems like a majority of the feedback asked for hotswap, so in order to make the board more accessible, we're working on implementing it as an addon.  I'll update the main post once I have more details on that!



« Last Edit: Thu, 21 May 2020, 16:08:57 by Arezok »

Offline ryanmozo

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 09:20:08 »
I really like the design of the board and all its features. I do, however, think the rename probably wasn't the best choice as there is an "Infinitum" board on GB right now with almost the same logo too. Might just want to keep that in mind or reach out to eniigma.

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #22 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 11:02:35 »
I'm not into that "Esc" key placement, being myself a heavy Vim user, but good look with the IC, regardless.

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 12:37:00 »
I really like the design of the board and all its features. I do, however, think the rename probably wasn't the best choice as there is an "Infinitum" board on GB right now with almost the same logo too. Might just want to keep that in mind or reach out to eniigma.

Input Club also did the Infinity 60% a couple years back now.

Otherwise, super interesting board!


Offline werc

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:02:34 »
Really cool design. I like it a lot. Count me in for round 2 if you add hotswap (bummed but understand your explanation for not having hotswap for this group buy).

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:10:36 »
Not a huge fan of the re-name due to reasons prior mentioned. But, really love the design (the escape key in particular lol, i think its unique).

Offline Peiweisgreat

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 20:46:43 »
This is the best redesign Iíve ever seen. I couldnít be more blown away at how good this looks. That green is also a looking clean. Iíve always wanted a green ranger board. Anyway I hope everyone else is as impressed as I am.

Offline sm7b

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 22:44:36 »
Love this design!

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 23:51:32 »
lovely, reserved

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 01:17:06 »
Been following this since you started the original thread. Absolutely in love with the design. I personally love the Esc key placement and seperation. It looks totally unique and its a good use of space given your goals. Also hot damn on that navy with Silver PVD brass, absolutely beautiful. Definitely interested in this and really hope it makes it through to GB.

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 21:15:45 »
Might be a bit of a hot take, but is there any chance that you might consider adding a bit of bezel for the arrow keys? I really dig the separated key clusters (especially that esc key) but the bezels look kinda funky, and the arrow keys in particular seem to have barely any bezel below them at all in the renders. Not a great solution (potential to interfere with wrist rests and accessories and such) but I was thinking maybe implementing something similar to what they did for the Elongate 1800?

Also, forgive me if I missed this in the earlier IC or on this thread, will we have a choice for accent color? The renders gallery seems to indicate that we will, but just wanted to confirm  ;D

All-in-all, great board and keep up the good work! Waiting for further announcements  :thumb:

Offline reaLFX

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #31 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 23:07:13 »
great to hear about a hotswap addon.

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #32 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 03:33:29 »
Interesting design, but I like it. Hot-swap option would be preferable.

Dark grey with Silver weight ;)

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #33 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 03:56:25 »
What about an Eu proxy?

Offline Arezok

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Re: [IC] Infinity 68
« Reply #34 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 16:40:48 »
First off, I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the Interest Check form.  While I've been silent, I've not been absent from reading everyone's comments and I found a common theme...There was an overwhelming number of people requesting hotswap.  So Gondolindrim and I talked about adding it to the board.  Ultimately, he agreed to design a new hotswap PCB that we will offer during the group buy to be purchased as an extra while the default board will be shipped with a solderable PCB..  The decision to leave hotswap out of the plans for the board was the result of a few thoughts. 

1: My initial concern was that the removal of all of the switches would cause the pcb to fall down to the bottom of the case, rendering the "hotswap" function useless.  While this is true, I was overlooking the fact that a significant reason hotswap is popular is that a majority of people don't have a soldering station or experience soldering. 

2: Gondolindrim and I both felt there would be a large amount of support for the variable switch plate, which makes implementing the hotswap sockets more difficult to accomplish.  We had expected some requests for hotswap, but not nearly as many as we received.