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Offline Heist Morty

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[IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard [updated 5/31/22]
« on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 11:35:43 »
Nearfield



Vendors
United States: Cannon Keys

Proxies
Canada: Deskhero.ca
EU: MyKeyboard.eu
UK: Prototypist
Australia: Daily Clack










my personal prototype in aluminum, cerakoted by p3d store




Dededecline's prototype in aluminum, cerakoted by p3d store





The LZ ErGO is a classic ergnomic design, predating the alice layout, and drawing inspiration from the "Microsoft natural ergonomic" series.



Nearfield expands on this by increasing the rotation of the two halves of the alpha cluster, each half is rotated 15 degrees towards the center of the board.
This increased angle forces the user to widen their elbow stance, and align their hands straighter with their forearms while typing.

Aesthetic design: Aside from the obvious layout homage to the ergo, retaining the nav cluster,
the case design draws inspiration from the M0110 keyboard series from Apple.



With large, relaxed chamfers surrounding the entire bezel of the board, top and bottom,
as well as large corner fillets, the boards imposing footprint is blended into the desk.

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Specs/Features

  • Top mount with an FR4 plate by default, mounting points as shown in plate image above
  • Alternate plate materials: POM, Carbon fibre
  • 3° typing angle
  • 1.25u Winkey blockers
  • Aluminum top and bottom housing
  • QMK and VIAL-compatible JST PCB
  • Unified C3 daughterboard and JST cable
  • unique 5mm thick unibody foot
  • Weight built: 4 lbs 13 oz



Kit contents
not including add ons

  • FR4 plate
  • Nearfield PCB
  • Aluminum cnc machined top case
  • Aluminum cnc machined bottom case
  • Unified C3 daughterboard
  • JST to JST cable
  • unibody foot
  • 2x m2 phillips screws (daughterboard)
  • 13x m4 hex screws (plate and case)




Pricing
Anodized Aluminum, in Silver or Black: $360 USD
E-Beige Aluminum: $380 USD
Group buy is over!






SKUs

Colors:
Silver anodized Aluminum
Black anodized Aluminum
E-Beige Aluminum



Thanks to
Mathewdias, Dededecline, Upas, and everyone else who helped make this project happen!
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Offline Heist Morty

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 11:37:08 »
posted a lil youtube video showing off the internals, as well as announcing price and SKU's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0vjD4-pGZE
« Last Edit: Fri, 20 May 2022, 22:54:15 by Heist Morty »

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 11:44:41 »
obligatory my shin when hit with scooter

very nice, looking forward to this  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 11:47:54 »
Seriously one of the coolest boards around. Don't sleep on this one y'all.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 11:48:44 »
This is awesome. Love this design!

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 12:30:31 »
This isn't ergo at all.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 12:32:12 »
I need this for my mid-century modern / retrofuturism office project.

Along with this lampshade



and deskmat



and maybe some jetsons posters or something

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 12:32:47 »
this is lookin HAWT!

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 12:32:51 »
This isn't ergo at all.
We can't all aspire to the godlike ergonomics of Bepovan

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 12:35:58 »
pretty cool but why cannonkeys
i see geekhack mods on "my 600 pound life"

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 12:38:30 »
pretty cool but why cannonkeys

why not cannonkeys

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 13:03:05 »
Nice project, good luck!

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 13:03:28 »
pretty cool but why cannonkeys
Care to elaborate? What's wrong with ck?

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 13:12:34 »
Unique layout and that inspo from Apple M is  :eek: good luck.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 13:51:50 »
Damn, it's been a while since I got legit excited for a board!

Love the inclusion of an F-row while keeping it as a '40' board for the much smaller profile. This makes it super easy for hardcore fps gaming usage, which is my only problem with my current 40's collection, while still having it as a num row(who said that) or anything else for daily usage.

Aesthetics being so on point is just the cherry on top in this case lol.

Any chance for alp support on the pcb (please say yes), and/or pc option for the case(this would be sick in PC)?

This is truly sick, good job sir.
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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 14:31:42 »
it's beautiful

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 15:04:20 »
The board looks raunchy! I like it.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 15:06:14 »

Any chance for alp support on the pcb (please say yes), and/or pc option for the case(this would be sick in PC)?


 :thumb: I will add alps support to the pcb, and make an alps plate file, it would be very fitting for this to support alps, PC would be interesting
« Last Edit: Tue, 19 April 2022, 16:36:24 by Heist Morty »

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 19 April 2022, 19:22:46 »
Yes, please.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 20 April 2022, 12:49:07 »
if only it was tented

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 20 April 2022, 13:13:55 »
no reason for it to NOT have a B key on the right too

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 21 April 2022, 15:13:00 »
please make sure there is a second B on the right half as well

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Thu, 21 April 2022, 16:29:08 »
no reason for it to NOT have a B key on the right too

Hell, stick a couple in there. You've got the room

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 21 April 2022, 18:29:02 »

Any chance for alp support on the pcb (please say yes), and/or pc option for the case(this would be sick in PC)?


 :thumb: I will add alps support to the pcb, and make an alps plate file, it would be very fitting for this to support alps, PC would be interesting

I... luv you.

Regarding PC, I personally feel it would fit the overall shape of the board quite well (and would be sick with alps on top of that) but I get that it's another variable more to consider, ultimately  :-[

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 22 April 2022, 05:32:49 »
please make sure there is a second B on the right half as well
B

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Fri, 22 April 2022, 10:09:38 »
Please remove all B keys. I personally hate them. Thank you.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 22 April 2022, 12:26:53 »
the F row looks kinda weird but I really like this design, there aren't any issues with accidentally hitting the arrow keys with your arm when typing right?

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 22 April 2022, 14:35:47 »
no reason for it to NOT have a B key on the right too

please make sure there is a second B on the right half as well
B

please make sure there is a second B on the right half as well

Please remove all B keys. I personally hate them. Thank you.

no reason for it to NOT have a B key on the right too

Hell, stick a couple in there. You've got the room

no  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 22 April 2022, 14:38:49 »
the F row looks kinda weird but I really like this design, there aren't any issues with accidentally hitting the arrow keys with your arm when typing right?

Fair, I personally don't find any issue with the arrow keys. I have relatively large hands, and my palm rests comfortably in the area circled below


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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Sat, 30 April 2022, 16:32:23 »
Very cool, I really like how the unibody foot and engraving look together!

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 30 April 2022, 18:08:13 »
How is this ergonomic?

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #31 on: Sun, 01 May 2022, 15:37:16 »
How is this ergonomic?


The LZ ErGO is a classic ergnomic design, predating the alice layout, and drawing inspiration from the "Microsoft natural ergonomic" series.

Show Image


Nearfield expands on this by increasing the rotation of the two halves of the alpha cluster, each half is rotated 15 degrees towards the center of the board.
This increased angle forces the user to widen their elbow stance, and align their hands straighter with their forearms while typing.


while it is not a colmak, split ortho keyboard with columnar stagger and 36 keys, I like qwerty stagger, and this satisfies those needs, retaining my current typing speed, while preventing the wrist pain that I experience when typing for long periods of time on a rectangle.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 12 May 2022, 20:24:23 »
This is so goofy, I fricken love it

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 20 May 2022, 22:19:02 »
The more I look at the layout the more I hate it.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard [Updated with price and SKU]
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 23 May 2022, 23:23:29 »
This is so goofy, I fricken love it

The more I look at the layout the more I hate it.


mhm, sounds about right to me.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 30 May 2022, 10:25:36 »

Any chance for alp support on the pcb (please say yes), and/or pc option for the case(this would be sick in PC)?


 :thumb: I will add alps support to the pcb, and make an alps plate file, it would be very fitting for this to support alps, PC would be interesting

My friend!

I apologize for the redundant question, but alps support is confirmed for this, yes?
I saw the email from CK regarding the GB, wanted to make sure before I start sourcing the right switches for this since I didn't see any alps verbiage in there (not that i was expecting it either way lol.)

Thanks so much, looking forward to the GB!

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard [Updated with price and SKU]
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 30 May 2022, 11:20:41 »
I got a chance to see this in person on Saturday. It's quite nice and appreciably heavy.  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Tue, 31 May 2022, 11:57:54 »

Any chance for alp support on the pcb (please say yes), and/or pc option for the case(this would be sick in PC)?


 :thumb: I will add alps support to the pcb, and make an alps plate file, it would be very fitting for this to support alps, PC would be interesting

My friend!

I apologize for the redundant question, but alps support is confirmed for this, yes?
I saw the email from CK regarding the GB, wanted to make sure before I start sourcing the right switches for this since I didn't see any alps verbiage in there (not that i was expecting it either way lol.)

Thanks so much, looking forward to the GB!

Yep, I changed the footprint to the mx/alps hybrid footprint. Although I was looking around vintage boards you could kit it with, and I could only conclude you'd have to buy multiple boards (or DCS reaper) to get enough mod and bottom row keys to cover it.

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard [updated 5/31/22]
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 07 June 2022, 09:50:21 »
the group buy for this is live! I made a gb post but no mod approval yet  :-X

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard [updated 5/31/22]
« Reply #39 on: Tue, 07 June 2022, 14:20:34 »
the group buy for this is live! I made a gb post but no mod approval yet  :-X
If you report the thread it'll get done faster

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard [updated 5/31/22]
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 09 June 2022, 05:33:14 »
This looks so different from anything I have seen before. Totally love this as someone that likes interesting looking keyboards

Great Job!

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Re: [IC] Nearfield Ergonomic keyboard [updated 5/31/22]
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 12 June 2022, 09:05:37 »
I love the shape
GLWIC!  :thumb:

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« Reply #42 on: Mon, 13 June 2022, 12:06:00 »
If anyone is still on the fence about the Nearfield, lightning keyboards is building one at 4pm today.

Not 100% sure on time zone for that announcement but I think eastern time.

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« Reply #43 on: Wed, 15 June 2022, 17:41:28 »
Great work!