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Offline mewa

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[GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« on: Fri, 18 December 2020, 20:39:34 »
The Conundrum by thock.co

I'm extremely happy to announce that the Group Buy for the world's first 40% ortholinear, programmable, electro-capacitive keyboard is finally here!

Drawing its inspiration from Japanese technology and compact ortholinear keyboards the Conundrum offers a unique experience that mixes the best of both worlds.






Case:
  • an e-coated top piece (choice of pure white/classic black/sunny yellow)
  • a PVD-coated polished brass plate
  • an e-coated bottom piece (choice of pure white/classic black/sunny yellow)
  • a PVD-coated polished brass weight
Machinery:
  • an assembled electro-capacitive PCB with an ARM Cortex M4F ΅C and USB-C port on board
    • pre-flashed with a new, intuitive and easy-to-handle bootloader
    • fully programmable with firmware based on QMK
  • 48x rubber domes (choice of 45g/55g weights)
  • 48x capacitive conic springs
  • 48x switch housings
  • 48x Cherry MX-compatible switch sliders (with O-rings)
On top of that each kit comes with:
  • all the necessary screws
  • rubber feet
  • a carrying case
  • a brass polishing cloth
  • a USB-C cable
  • an easy-assembly station; in a
  • box

Assembled kit weighs appoximately 1400g.

Plate has a 2u cutout that supports both grid and MIT layouts.

If you don't feel like assembling an EC board on your own,  don't worry, we've got you covered - an assembly service is available!


Review

Working on getting a review out!


Charity Auction


I encourage everyone to bid for The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation!

Apart from raising funds this is also a one-of-a-kind opportunity to win a personalized Conundrum kit!

Place your bids here

Each year millions of people unite under a common cause and donate to The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation, a foundation that has changed the landscape of public healthcare in Poland. The Orchestra's work is focused on improving care for the youngest and enhancing the level of care offered to senior patients in geriatric and long-term care units. In the 28 years of the Foundation's charitable endeavours, over PLN 1,300,000,000 was raised – over one billion PLN!
Continuing this joyous tradition we're holding a charity auction – 100% of the profits shall help funding Polish healthcare.
Apart from helping The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, participating in this auction is also a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get a personalized Conundrum kit. Assembly included.

https://thock.co/charity-auction




Vendors & Pricing

Each kit costs 547 USD and profits from this Group Buy shall fuel future EC projects!

EU - CandyKeys
Asia - zFrontier
NA - Ashkeebs
Worldwide - direct at the thock.co store


Last but not least - one special unit is going to be sold at an auction for The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (a charity that improves Polish healthcare; more details towards the end of the year).

Timeline

Group buy starts now! (2020.12.18)
Group buy ends on Feb 14th (2021.02.14)
Shipping est. Q3 2021

FAQ

Q: Does it support MX-style keycaps?
A: Yes, the sliders support MX-style keycaps – you can use all your favorite keycaps. Topre-style keycaps are not supported.

Q: What layouts are supported?
A: Both grid and MIT layouts are supported. The plate has a 2u cutout that can accomodate either a single 2u switch or two 1u switches.

Q: Will there be any reviews?
A: Yes, we have a review underway.

Q: Is it heavy?
A: (spoiler alert, it's fairly heavy)

Q: Are there some other videos available?
A: @cassidoo did mention the Conundrum a few times on her streams (also here).

I also recorded a short video where I'm taking the keyboard apart and showing the internals.



There is also a typing test I recorded on the first revision prototype.
« Last Edit: Fri, 29 January 2021, 11:55:28 by mewa »

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 25 December 2020, 12:44:20 »
approved, sorry for being late
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Offline Fenlair

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 04 January 2021, 02:53:29 »
Your link to the streams doesn't work - twitch says the content is unavailable. We were promised a review from someone the community could trust in, but so far the only thing I've seen is your typing test :/
Well I guess will have to wait for a second run and hope someone releases a real review video ...

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 04 January 2021, 20:06:21 »
Thatissobeautiful!!

Offline yuejia

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 07 January 2021, 02:49:51 »
It’s really Nice!! That is so beautiful!!

Offline mewa

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 07 January 2021, 10:53:55 »
Thanks! I've been working on bringing additional insights into the keyboard such as this video below and answering questions on the 40's Discord. And of course the review!


Speaking of the review, make sure to tune in later this afternoon to Cassidy's Twitch channel!

Offline mewa

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 07 January 2021, 10:57:25 »
Your link to the streams doesn't work - twitch says the content is unavailable.

Also, sorry for that. I didn't realize the videos could go missing on Twitch. But I guess the upcoming review will be much more interesting to watch anyway :)

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 15:21:35 »
Did anyone clip the review? I couldn't watch it live :/

Offline mewa

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 08 January 2021, 20:58:19 »
Did anyone clip the review? I couldn't watch it live :/

Unfortunately, Twitch went down in the middle of the stream so we'll have to try again next week.

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 15:22:31 »
A little clarification as for the questions that popped up here and there concerning the price that is listed on zFrontier's website - I've received information from zFrontier that they have to include the Chinese taxes in their price due to the extended time between order placement and fulfilment (which results in them being unable to reclaim these taxes). If you're not in China I'd recommend buying the keyboard from other vendors, to avoid paying taxes twice.

You can find a list of them here (shipping globally):
* CandyKeys (https://candykeys.com/group-buys/conundrum-ortholinear-keyboard)
* Ashkeebs (https://www.ashkeebs.com/product/conundrum/)
* or directly from me (https://thock.co/)

Offline mustardgreens

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 16:41:03 »
Ortho and 40% are not my thing but I am intrigued... I don't know of any other custom EC boards like this. Hope this is a success and I will be watching for more

Did you make the sliders too?

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 14 January 2021, 02:21:26 »
January 18th isn't far out - will we get a proper review in time?

Offline mewa

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 14 January 2021, 04:25:54 »
Thanks!

Did you make the sliders too?

The sliders and housings are from NiZ. I would have loved to create these, but that's a massive project on its own.

As for the review, Cassidy will be poking around with it on her stream later this afternoon. Let's hope Twitch doesn't go down again! :)


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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 19 January 2021, 19:15:56 »
We'll have to give it slightly more time for the review. As such, the GB has been extended to last until February 14th.

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Re: [GB] Conundrum - 40% ortholinear, electro-capacitive, programmable
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 29 January 2021, 11:51:44 »
In the meantime, I encourage everyone to bid for The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation!

Apart from raising funds this is also a one-of-a-kind opportunity to win a personalized Conundrum kit!

Place your bids here

Each year millions of people unite under a common cause and donate to The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation, a foundation that has changed the landscape of public healthcare in Poland. The Orchestra's work is focused on improving care for the youngest and enhancing the level of care offered to senior patients in geriatric and long-term care units. In the 28 years of the Foundation's charitable endeavours, over PLN 1,300,000,000 was raised – over one billion PLN!
Continuing this joyous tradition we're holding a charity auction – 100% of the profits shall help funding Polish healthcare.
Apart from helping The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, participating in this auction is also a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get a personalized Conundrum kit. Assembly included.

https://thock.co/charity-auction