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[IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard (11/4 updated)
« on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 06:07:49 »
Hello Geekhack.  ;D

I am helping my friend, who is also the author and the maker of this keyboard set, posting this IC thread.

This keyboard is inspired by an old IBM keyboard called "PCjr".
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The name CA66 came from French, "66 avec de la corniche". A 66 keyboard with cornice.

Case design: Yock
PCB design: Bobnaive

Render:
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Here are some photos from Round 1 held in China for you guys to check out:
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More photos: https://imgur.com/a/PcfAP

Album of building log: https://www.flickr.com/photos/149475414@N03/albums/72157688199776126

PCB layouts:
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Features:
1. Anodized aluminum case, plate + PCB
2. 2 top case versions, HHKB like and WKL like(No brass logo if you choose WKL)
3. Iso, split space bar supported
4. RGB led animation(indicator function is optimizing at the moment)
5. TypeC interface
6. TMK online editor made by YANG
    Link(English translation is progressing):http://ydkb.io/?ca66#
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Price:
Around 300USD without shipping fee. (not the final price.)

To be decided:
1. brass plate option
2. QMK supporting
3. color options(default color of R1 is dark gray)

Please feel free to leave any comment and question. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

10/4 Online Editor link updated. English translation is progressing.


10/7 Building log of R1 and things to be decided added.
        Estimated price added.


10/31 1. PCB now has some friendly signs to notify whether you put your switches in the right place or not.
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          2. Added some protection to screw holes to prevent screws getting stripped.
          3. Making an investigation form for GH. (form coming soon.)


11/2 IC form added. Link: https://goo.gl/forms/8Q0VLU0ir1xoDgTa2

11/4 PCB remake for switches orientation.
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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 06:08:59 »
Reserved.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 06:12:04 »
hey, that looks really good!
I long for the day when I find a beamspring.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 06:19:03 »
This looks amazing going to keep an eye on it  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 06:46:33 »
Yes, please!  This is amazing. 

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 06:47:41 »
Definitely dig that WKL version. Looks great!

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 06:53:54 »
Wow very sleek design and layout.
But type-c... type-c... T.T

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 07:34:25 »
Nice!  Iíve been a big fan of this board since I saw it on taobao a few weeks back.  Yes, please!  Any chance of them doing a beige cerakote that could look like the original inspiration?
:)

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 07:39:22 »
One million times yes. I love this board so much.
« Last Edit: Tue, 03 October 2017, 08:53:26 by ptiede »

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 07:42:16 »
I am definitely in for this project.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 07:43:16 »
definitely interested

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 07:54:45 »
Pls. This is amazing. So in.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 08:23:00 »
Yes, this keyboard is very impressive in my hand. The outward is very classic and the CNC surface is very smooth to touch.


↓The rendor of MAXKEY Flamingo and CA66.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 08:25:55 »
hmmm

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 08:46:22 »
This is very, very nice.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 08:58:59 »
As a collector of 65% keyboards I'd have to join in.  :))

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 09:08:46 »
Fascinating layout, lovely case, gotta get innn

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 09:22:15 »
Ooo! Quite nice. Any chance it will run QMK?

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 09:54:29 »
Yes, this keyboard is very impressive in my hand. The outward is very classic and the CNC surface is very smooth to touch.
Show Image


↓The rendor of MAXKEY Flamingo and CA66.
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Thanks for photos supporting. :p :p :p

Ooo! Quite nice. Any chance it will run QMK?

Probably not. Already built a Tmk online editor for it. :-X

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 10:36:24 »


Any chance of them doing a beige cerakote that could look like the original inspiration?

I would also very much want to have this in beige!

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 10:48:39 »


Any chance of them doing a beige cerakote that could look like the original inspiration?

I would also very much want to have this in beige!

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Same for me!

Also when do you plan on having the GB?

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 10:57:00 »
Nice!  I’ve been a big fan of this board since I saw it on taobao a few weeks back.  Yes, please!  Any chance of them doing a beige cerakote that could look like the original inspiration?



Any chance of them doing a beige cerakote that could look like the original inspiration?

I would also very much want to have this in beige!

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Any chance of them doing a beige cerakote that could look like the original inspiration?

I would also very much want to have this in beige!

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Same for me!

Also when do you plan on having the GB?

Unfortunately it's not available due to the technique issue of the anodizing factory. Colors like pink or pinky blue also are unavailable. :-X

They are still considering where to hold the GB. It won't be taking a long time I think.
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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 11:09:03 »
Count me in for sure. IBM PCJr was one of the first computers I hqve ever used and I remember that keyboard well.  Having a updated classic like that would be amazing

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 11:21:50 »
Just a couple days ago, I spotted one of these over on Reddit, and thought "OH MAN I HAVE TO HAVE IT!"

Someone told me a round-2 was coming. 
Here it is!

Count me SO IN. I don't care how much it costs ;)

Will there be an option without the golden badge?

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 11:37:52 »
Definitely interested in the WKL + Split Spacebar.  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 12:39:33 »
My interest certainly is checked!

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 12:58:00 »
That purple  :eek:   
Any idea on the price with Brass plate? 

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 15:22:18 »
I'm really digging the look of this. Excited for the GB to launch.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 15:28:10 »
This is very interesting

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 16:27:10 »
Fully sculpted SA keycaps look good on this board  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 18:19:28 »
Yes

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 19:16:59 »
Please and Thank you.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 19:39:44 »
Could it be use plate-less? A case like this would be ideal to have a well supported and solid PCB mounted keyboard.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 20:47:19 »
Just a couple days ago, I spotted one of these over on Reddit, and thought "OH MAN I HAVE TO HAVE IT!"

Someone told me a round-2 was coming. 
Here it is!

Count me SO IN. I don't care how much it costs ;)

Will there be an option without the golden badge?

You mean a HHKB like layout without a badge?

Yes, but it will look pretty empty without the brass badge. :blank:

Could it be use plate-less? A case like this would be ideal to have a well supported and solid PCB mounted keyboard.

Probably not. The plate is combined with top case, so there will be no screw holes in bottom case.

That purple  :o   
Any idea on the price with Brass plate? 


Yeah that purple is mine. ;D
Yock said that brass plates might be possible, if he can find a good factory to do it.
Price is estimated right now.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 21:05:36 »
Hi Barry ^^
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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 21:39:39 »
Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #36 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 21:53:49 »
Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Care to share? I saw the taobao link but I assume the price is no longer correct? Unless they actually charged a grand and a half for these (seems unlikely, the 9999 yen number sounds like a placeholder) in which case I'll respectfully bow out while ahead and spend my money on a year's worth of Burger King instead.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:05:07 »
Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Care to share? I saw the taobao link but I assume the price is no longer correct? Unless they actually charged a grand and a half for these (seems unlikely, the 9999 yen number sounds like a placeholder) in which case I'll respectfully bow out while ahead and spend my money on a year's worth of Burger King instead.

It seems we are talking about the same price here, let see if it is wrong, otherwise, I am out.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:10:31 »
Hi Barry ^^

Hello my man Caleb. :thumb:

Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Care to share? I saw the taobao link but I assume the price is no longer correct? Unless they actually charged a grand and a half for these (seems unlikely, the 9999 yen number sounds like a placeholder) in which case I'll respectfully bow out while ahead and spend my money on a year's worth of Burger King instead.

If you see 9999RMB on taobao GB link, it is just a way to avoid people to place an order after GB period.
The GB page will leave it and change the price to a ridiculous number as a memento. They will alert people not to buy it in detail.
R1 is around 250USD for each. Don't really know if it's gonna remain the same at the moment.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #39 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:12:36 »
Hi Barry ^^

Hello my man Caleb. :thumb:

Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Care to share? I saw the taobao link but I assume the price is no longer correct? Unless they actually charged a grand and a half for these (seems unlikely, the 9999 yen number sounds like a placeholder) in which case I'll respectfully bow out while ahead and spend my money on a year's worth of Burger King instead.

If you see 9999RMB on taobao GB link, it is just a way to avoid people to place an order after GB period.
The GB page will leave it and change the price to a ridiculous number as a memento. They will alert people not to buy it in detail.
R1 is around 250USD for each. Don't really know if it's gonna remain the same at the moment.

You chosen the right word for it: ridiculous.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #40 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:16:46 »
Hi Barry ^^

Hello my man Caleb. :thumb:

Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Have you seen the price of this at Taobao? It is just insane. Doubtful the OP has anything better than that.

Care to share? I saw the taobao link but I assume the price is no longer correct? Unless they actually charged a grand and a half for these (seems unlikely, the 9999 yen number sounds like a placeholder) in which case I'll respectfully bow out while ahead and spend my money on a year's worth of Burger King instead.

If you see 9999RMB on taobao GB link, it is just a way to avoid people to place an order after GB period.
The GB page will leave it and change the price to a ridiculous number as a memento. They will alert people not to buy it in detail.
R1 is around 250USD for each. Don't really know if it's gonna remain the same at the moment.

You chosen the right word for it: ridiculous.

Haha it did blow my mind when I was a newbie seeing this kind of things for the first time. :p

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #41 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:20:50 »
this looks really good; however, can we control medias player with this? I don't think I see any medias control function in the app picture.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #42 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:21:34 »
Is there going to be a limited number or raffle?

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« Reply #43 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:38:08 »
this looks really good; however, can we control medias player with this? I don't think I see any medias control function in the app picture.

Yes there is. Please check.
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English translation is working on. ;D

Is there going to be a limited number or raffle?

Don't know yet. Won't be a raffle I think.
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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #44 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 22:46:27 »
this looks really good; however, can we control medias player with this? I don't think I see any medias control function in the app picture.

It's TMK, so yes, it supports media functions.  The screenshot above, depicting their GUI, shows the first tab active.  When you switch to the next tab you'll see the media player options.  All is good.
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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 23:08:35 »
If you see 9999RMB on taobao GB link, it is just a way to avoid people to place an order after GB period.
The GB page will leave it and change the price to a ridiculous number as a memento. They will alert people not to buy it in detail.
R1 is around 250USD for each. Don't really know if it's gonna remain the same at the moment.

Yea that's what I figured, thank you for clearing that up!

250 bucks seems super reasonable, especially if we're talking about a reasonably sized kit rather than just the case. If that's how it's gonna be, or even if the price increases slightly, I'd love to participate.

Looking forward to further updates!

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 23:33:15 »
this looks really good; however, can we control medias player with this? I don't think I see any medias control function in the app picture.

It's TMK, so yes, it supports media functions.  The screenshot above, depicting their GUI, shows the first tab active.  When you switch to the next tab you'll see the media player options.  All is good.

Thanks. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

If you see 9999RMB on taobao GB link, it is just a way to avoid people to place an order after GB period.
The GB page will leave it and change the price to a ridiculous number as a memento. They will alert people not to buy it in detail.
R1 is around 250USD for each. Don't really know if it's gonna remain the same at the moment.

Yea that's what I figured, thank you for clearing that up!

250 bucks seems super reasonable, especially if we're talking about a reasonably sized kit rather than just the case. If that's how it's gonna be, or even if the price increases slightly, I'd love to participate.

Looking forward to further updates!

Since Round 1 was a debut and an experiment, price is gonna be higher.
But I can guarantee the quality to you guys, it looks amazing on my desk. :thumb: ;D

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 04 October 2017, 00:11:26 »
Will there be both a WKL and badged version of the case then?

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 04 October 2017, 00:42:15 »
this is tempting. shame there is no 7u option, then i would have no choice. Can't decide how i feel about the mod lining up with z instead of an offset.

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Re: [IC] CA66 Custom Keyboard
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 04 October 2017, 01:07:57 »
I love this unique look!

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