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Offline MechWild

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[IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« on: Fri, 21 May 2021, 19:50:56 »
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Prototype



The Orange Boy Ergo (OBE) is a barebones ergonomic/Alice-like kit we designed to be super affordable for people who want to try out the layout without shelling out. Similar to our previous products, this will be an open FR4 sandwich board. The OBE will use a BlackPill development board in the same way other kits use ProMicros. BlackPills are a little cheaper than ProMicros currently and they use USB-C.

The plate is symmetrical and the kit features a couple of very cute cat graphics. Are those 2 facts strange to mention in the same sentence? Well, one of the cat graphics contains a characteristic that sparked a very heated debate in our Discord server and the symmetrical plate allows you to install it reversed to completely hide the artwork.


Artwork in question



We are looking at options to produce a stacked acrylic case although nothing is set in stone right now.

Currently, we are expecting the kit price to be $40 for the group buy; the price will decrease if there is enough interest. The price will be reevaluated when it is put in stock.


The base kit includes:
  • 1x Black Pill dev board.
  • 1x PCB
  • 1x Bottom Plate
  • 75x Diodes (70 are needed for the kit)
  • 2x Status LEDs
  • 2x Resistors for the status LEDs
  • 6x Standoffs
  • 12x Screws
  • 4x Rubber Bumpons (feet)

In order to allow for the cheapest base kit possible there will NOT be a plate OR encoder/knob included.

FR4 Plate, encoder, and knobs will be available as add-ons.

FR4 plate expected pricing is approx $8. This is subject to change depending on cost increases.

The kit is made with being plateless in mind and aims to not look or feel like doodoo without one.

QMK powered like normal. You know the drill.

Layout options include split backspace, and split right shift which allows the use of an arrow cluster.


KLE


IC Form again (scrolling is hard)

Thanks for reading to this point. Have a nice day.

Offline MechWild

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 21 May 2021, 19:53:24 »
reesrved.

Offline SketchLol

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 21 May 2021, 20:13:45 »
this is sick

Offline Magnificent Bureaucrat

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 21 May 2021, 21:02:33 »
This was intriguing when I saw a pic on Discord and seeing the details + price I'm even more interested. It would be nice to have a less pricey ergo to keep at work.

As a layman I take it the black pill dev. board is another alternative to the pro-micro's and bit-c's we usually see? Edit* Should really read the full IC before asking a stupid question :-X
« Last Edit: Fri, 21 May 2021, 21:07:10 by Magnificent Bureaucrat »

Offline hali

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 22 May 2021, 10:14:07 »
can we have more info on curve angle, layout options, and this neat sounding blackpill thing?

Offline minicap

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 22 May 2021, 15:08:11 »
I love the cat graphics (the paw!!), and the price is fantastic. GLWIC, filled out IC form and looking forwards to updates!

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 22 May 2021, 15:17:16 »
$40, a cheap price, a treeleaf's animal friend.  Treeleaf does not like animals but he thinks the cat here is very cute.
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Offline katasup

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 22 May 2021, 16:02:18 »
Man, this mech is gonna wild

Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 22 May 2021, 16:03:47 »
Could we see the underside of the pcb?

Offline Fraaaan

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 23 May 2021, 14:06:11 »
EU proxy would be nutty. GLWIC.

Offline Pickleguy

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 23 May 2021, 16:58:42 »
Nice! Im super excited for the GB!

Offline andromache

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 23 May 2021, 18:22:30 »
I love this. Can we get an orange version? If not, I'm in for the regular one anyway.

Offline hottrout

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 25 May 2021, 09:00:40 »
Nice, a great board for some experimentation.  I would be interested if you could use a vendor in the UK like prototypist?
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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 25 May 2021, 09:55:02 »
I can see that it is not exactly like Alice though, so it might be worth to point out that it won't fit inside an Alice case, and that you'll need different keycaps for a few keys.
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Offline _IanOfEarth

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Re: [IC] OBE - Orange Boy Ergo
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 11:16:36 »
Very in to this! Love the cat graphics and what a great price.