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Offline fcoury

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Elongate

UPDATE 05/25: We continue to hear your feedback. Moving to ARM processor to allow us to also add in-switch LEDs. So it's happening.

UPDATE 05/23: This Tuesday (05/26) Gondo will be streaming the PCB port to USB-C - https://www.twitch.tv/gondolindrim_

UPDATE 05/22: Due to the HUGE demand and overwhelming feedback requesting USB-C we're definitely committing to that change! <3

Hello GeekHack! MisterKeebs here to share a project I have been working on for a few years now. In partnership with the gifted and awesome Gondolindrim (or Gondogod), along with 159 from ProjectKeyboard, I'd like to present the Elongate board, that combines the versatility of a 40% with the aesthetic inspired on a 1800 layout.

Please provide your feedback here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xOQJRbzpbH5Ga5q6eFHe2yqL55rzjZbdXeLaXQBPJl8



Introduction

The Elongate is a custom mechanical keyboard that falls in a random place of the 40-50% range. It was designed as a new take on the mini 1800 layout, combining the versatility and portability of a 40% with the ability to have that dedicated numpad cluster, with Home, Page Down/Up, End, Insert and Delete keys.



The main and unique features of the Elongate are:

  • The protruded arrow cluster, allowing for fast navigation;
  • The blocked split space, which helps accessing a second or third layer of the 40% layout -- making it more comfortable and quick to use;
  • A solid midlayer that can be either polycarbonate or brass, that improves the sound profile a lot.
  • On the spacebar blocker there are also a three-LED indicator cluster, which can be used for layer indication, Caps/Num/Scroll lock and every feature QMK allows. These indicators are fully programmable and, in conjunction with SIP sockets, allow you to hotswap LED colors.
  • As if that wasn't enough, there are three more indicators between the numpad and the alpha cluster to indicate whatever you want it to.

All of these characteristics really make for a very pleasant typing experience. The user is able to get the full utility of the 1800CP layout in a very compact form and have enough space in the sides to use the mouse.

What is included

  • Case: Top and Bottom Polycarbonate or Aluminium (vote for colors on the link below)
  • Middle layer: Brass or Polycarbonate
  • Plates: Brass or Polycarbonate
  • PCB: QMK and Via compatible (see above)
  • Extras: See below for more info

The PCB







The PCB was designed by my good friend Gondolindrim and features RGB underglow for those sweet lights with the polycarbonate version. It's powered by the ATMEGA32U4 microcontroller and uses a USB mini-B connector. It also features ESD protection, connector shielding, power rails filtering and a sweet, sweet Brazilian flag. All that we learned to expect from Gondo.

We have had until now many requests to port the PCB to USBC connector, since as it stands right now it has a mini-USB connector. Please give us a feedback on the IC form!

The PCB is QMK and VIA compatible. Since Gondo is also a big open-source hardware advocate, the ElongatePCB is also open-source! -- see the GitHub repo for the files.



Price and vendors



This GB will be run by ProjectKeyboard in US (big kudos to the awesome 159 for all the support along the way) and, depending on the interest, we will be considering EU/Asia proxies.

DISCLAIMER the prices below are tentative based and can change before GB opens. We'll try to be super transparent if they change.

The kit/pricing breakdown will be as follows (all prices excludes shipping and other PP/trasaction fees):

Base Kit:

Anodized Alu Top and Bottom, Brass Plate, Brass Midlayer and PCB - $325-350

Extras:
  • Brass Plate - $40
  • Anodized Alu Plate - $35
  • Polycarbonate Plate - $40
  • POM Plate - $35
  • Carbon Fiber Plate - $30
  • FR4 Plate - $20
  • PCB - $35

We also do not know if we are going to do a limited or unlimited run; all depends on the results of this IC, so please please give us your feedback on the IC form!

Streams, glamour shots and the likes

You can find the complete album on this Imgur post.

Build Stream

Elongate Alu Sound Test

Elongate Polycarbonate Sound Test


« Last Edit: Mon, 25 May 2020, 12:05:26 by fcoury »

Offline brtleonardo

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:09:42 »
YESSSS FINALLY

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:11:48 »
I have been waiting for this IC, looks great, I'm looking forward to the GB!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:12:07 »
come on, just make the GB post already  :cool:

Offline sandragm

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:13:01 »
I’m so into this and have been since I first saw it. Great job, guys!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:15:24 »
This looks like garbage truck.

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Offline donut_sauce

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:15:41 »
this is a super fun keyboard!

Offline demonahz

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:22:19 »
I am ready for this.

Offline neojonathan

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:23:26 »
Interested definitely !

Offline TheArcticFox_27

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:26:29 »
H Y P E
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:27:02 »
hell yeah, it's coming baby! in!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:28:11 »
Honest question, what does people who use 40% without " ' { } : or ; map it to on their layout?

Offline TheArcticFox_27

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:30:57 »
This looks like garbage truck.

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:37:48 »
No way, the layout!!!!!

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Offline donut_sauce

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:38:38 »
Honest question, what does people who use 40% without " ' { } : or ; map it to on their layout?

i use my spacebar as an LT layer and on that layer i have it mapped to KC_Z,KC_X.

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:41:57 »
Hey... I watched the stream when you received the dirst prototype. This board has come a long way and coming from you, we can be sure, it is well thought through.
Could you give us non 40% users some sample layer configs so we can get an idea how to use the board?
It looks and sounds insane, that's for sure!
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:43:41 »
I've been waiting for this!

Offline synthtastic

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:44:54 »
Very very cool. Glad to see you’re finally getting this out there!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:52:04 »
omg its happening :O

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:52:35 »
Looks soo good!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:53:12 »
very interesting!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:56:05 »
ITS HAPPENING!!!
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #22 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:59:54 »
Yes. Just Yes.

Offline Visionaire

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:02:41 »
Honest question, what does people who use 40% without " ' { } : or ; map it to on their layout?

With split space, I map the left bar to be a fn key to access these.
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:04:53 »
Yeeeeeessss please.

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:08:44 »
Honest question, what does people who use 40% without " ' { } : or ; map it to on their layout?
As a programmer this is what stops me from using 40% - I can handle a lot of functions being hidden behind a layer but not " ' { } ; :

Regardless this keyboard looks amazing!  Nice work.
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:36:35 »
Honest question, what does people who use 40% without " ' { } : or ; map it to on their layout?
As a programmer this is what stops me from using 40% - I can handle a lot of functions being hidden behind a layer but not " ' { } ; :

Regardless this keyboard looks amazing!  Nice work.

Homerow mapping for these, software engineer myself rocking 40% :)

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:59:46 »
In on this 100%!! Grats on going into GB phase!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 16:07:20 »
Oh yes, looks so good!

Offline DERBS

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 16:10:37 »
My body is ready :p

+1 for USB-C and FR4 plate.

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 17:44:07 »
Can't wait for this. Instant buy once the GB opens up.

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #31 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 19:34:37 »
looking good, really cool layout

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 19:40:14 »
Super duper keen on this!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 19:59:46 »
yeah im gonna need this
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 20:04:41 »
Is it still possible to not have indicator LEDs on both spacebar blocker and above arrow cluster? Seems a tad unnecessary. Granted one could just not install LEDs in either places, but the “holes” will still be present.

Not sure if anything can be done about that at this stage though.


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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 21:13:26 »
Can't wait for this one, checked out the build stream.  :p :eek:

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #36 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 03:37:03 »
My wallet is ready

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #37 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 09:44:20 »
Really neat and cool looking!

so happy seeing more boards like this!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800)
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 12:43:57 »
Was never super into the 40%-type boards, but this is something different.  I’m totally down. Great Job!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 16:28:17 »
We heard you: we're moving to USB-C! <3 Thanks for the overwhelming response so far!

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 21:50:40 »
I will definitely be looking forward to this !

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #41 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 05:18:18 »
It would look even better with ISO but either way I am in for this.
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #42 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 12:05:05 »
We heard you: we're moving to USB-C! <3 Thanks for the overwhelming response so far!

Amazing news! Any ideas as far as the timeline goes for the actual GB?

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #43 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 13:41:11 »
We heard you: we're moving to USB-C! <3 Thanks for the overwhelming response so far!

Amazing news! Any ideas as far as the timeline goes for the actual GB?

Yes, I was talking to 159 yesterday and there's really no reason to not push this soon. So even though no concrete TLs yet, we expect it to be happening pretty soon. For real this time :)

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #44 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 13:57:50 »
What are the dimensions of the keeb?
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #45 on: Sat, 23 May 2020, 14:59:41 »
No inswitch LED? :x
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 25 May 2020, 11:58:17 »
What are the dimensions of the keeb?

Basically 31x9.5cm. Hope those two pictures help:





And sorry for the terrible drawing :)


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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #47 on: Mon, 25 May 2020, 12:00:27 »
No inswitch LED? :x

We are evaluating that possibility. I'll update you if we can sneak that in while we add the USB-C case.

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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C/ARM/In Switch LED)
« Reply #48 on: Mon, 25 May 2020, 12:11:27 »
Ok guys so we've been hearing you and we took some feedback into consideration. I was going to host a rather short stream tomorrow porting our PCB to a USBC connector, but since we are doing this why not go the whole nine yards? So tomorrow in stream I'll re-design the PCB from scratch doing:

  • ARM processor
  • USB-C connector
  • Adding more underglow
  • Adding in-switch LEDs

See you guys tomorrow!
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Re: [IC] Elongate (Mini 1800) (moving to USB-C)
« Reply #49 on: Mon, 25 May 2020, 12:19:38 »
What are the dimensions of the keeb?

Basically 31x9.5cm. Hope those two pictures help:

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And sorry for the terrible drawing :)

Oh man Oh man Oh man! It's the perfect size O_o, I'm so hyped!
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