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Hello community! Round 2 is up! ;D

IC link: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=96401.0


202053-0202055-1202057-2202059-3
202061-4202063-5202065-6202067-7



Design Concept:
Inspired by an old IBM keyboard, "PCjr".
The name CA66 came from French, "66 avec de la corniche". A 66 keys keyboard with cornice.

Product Contents:
  • Case
  • Aluminum switch plate (all plates are modified a bit for wireless signal to pass through)
  • Default PCB or Bluetooth PCB
  • Brass badge (not included in a WKL-like version)
  • Screws, rubber feet
  • Boxing
Extra Parts Contents:
  • Default PCB
  • Bluetooth PCB
  • Brass plate
  • Titanium badge
  • Aluminum Alps plate (for BT PCB)
Case Features:
  • 6063 aluminum
  • 2 versions - HHKB-like & WKL-like
  • Switch plate - aluminum & brass (optional)
Case & Plate Colors:
  • Default case colors - black, silver, dark grey
    Special colors: white, grey blue, dark red, purple, army green (some are not shown in the product page. We'll update them as soon as possible)
  • Alu switch plate colors - red, blue, gold, silver
  • Brass switch plate (optional, only for extra purchasing)
    Plate pic. The upper one is for Alps, the other one is for both alu and brass.
    All are compatible with BT PCB.
    202095-8
PCB Features:
  • Black, gold pads
  • South facing led orientation
  • USB C interface
  • TMK, QMK firmware supporting
  • RGB led side bar
Bluetooth PCB Features:
  • Wire/wireless, charging when cable is plugged
  • TMK firmware
  • A bluetooth switch between Tab and Q
  • Battery charging indicator
  • Estimated 3 month duration with a 3000 mAh battery
  • Battery not included
  • alps switches supporting
Price:
  • Basic kit: 275USD/pc for default case colors (including case, alu plate, PCB and brass badge if you choose HHKB like layout)
  • Special colors: +16USD
  • Upgrade to Bluetooth PCB: +25USD
  • Extra default PCB: 27USD
  • Extra BT PCB: 50USD
  • Extra alu plate: 22USD
  • Extra brass plate: 28.5USD (sorry for raising, it was too cheap for last round :-[ )
  • Extra alu alps plate: 24USD
  • Extra Titanium badge: 26USD
  • Shipping fee: 45USD for all locations, DHL Express
  • Transaction fee (sorry for raising a little bit higher for remaining the price to be the same as last round)
  • Both fees are already calculated and included in all prices
Download CA66 files here:https://goo.gl/DXNwqL


Timeline:
  • GB period: Aug 17th to Sep 5th
  • Estimated shipping date: Dec 10th
  • No quantity limit
Order here!:
« Last Edit: Sat, 08 December 2018, 10:54:04 by PlayKeyboardTW »

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 12:01:08 »
Approved :)

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 12:39:07 »
Finally!  BTW it shows as sold out but I'm going to assume it's still being set up.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 13:21:35 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 14:42:28 »
So excited! As soon as the site allows me to, I will put my order in!

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 16:53:08 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

I never really heard any clarification on this, but if it supports TMK, why can it not support QMK? is it just that the port hasn't been done, or is it that the port isn't possible?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 17:51:39 »
I'm confused why the group buy says $275usd per kit but on the website it shows $340?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 18:17:30 »
I'm confused why the group buy says $275usd per kit but on the website it shows $340?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 18:19:15 »
 :D ;D ;D ;D

Does anyone know what sort of battery the BT version uses? Would love an example/link to one, just so I don't get the wrong one and blow my keyboard up 😅
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 18:20:14 »
I'm confused why the group buy says $275usd per kit but on the website it shows $340?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 18:23:38 »
I'm confused why the group buy says $275usd per kit but on the website it shows $340?

It includes shipping which is a flat rate + transaction PayPal fees
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Doh. Sorry I've been on overnight shifts, lack of sleep and all of that good stuff. Thanks!  ;)

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 18:27:56 »
Finally!  BTW it shows as sold out but I'm going to assume it's still being set up.

GB start is listed as Aug 17th. Probably wonít be able to order until tomorrow.
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 18:47:22 »
:D ;D ;D ;D

Does anyone know what sort of battery the BT version uses? Would love an example/link to one, just so I don't get the wrong one and blow my keyboard up 😅

If you look in the pics of the first post of the IC (linked in the first post here) thereís a picture of a BT PCB with a battery with specs. The one shown in the pic is a single cell LiPo @3.7V 3000mAh. So I would imagine you could really use anything thatís 3.7V and fits in the case.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 19:05:46 »
Saw this keyboard in Seattle and loved it, count me in!




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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 19:30:13 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

I never really heard any clarification on this, but if it supports TMK, why can it not support QMK? is it just that the port hasn't been done, or is it that the port isn't possible?

BT PCB supports TMK only at the moment. Maybe someone might able to get it goes with QMK.

:D ;D ;D ;D

Does anyone know what sort of battery the BT version uses? Would love an example/link to one, just so I don't get the wrong one and blow my keyboard up 😅

A 3.7g lithium battery will do. You can decide the size you want to put in since there's much space inside. :thumb:

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 19:30:22 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

I never really heard any clarification on this, but if it supports TMK, why can it not support QMK? is it just that the port hasn't been done, or is it that the port isn't possible?

It hasnít been ported but Iím also not sure if it is a possibility or not.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 19:37:39 »
White and army green pics.

White is coloring by electrophoresis, with matte finish.
202087-0202089-1

And army green was just done yesterday (the upper one). But it still needs a tweak for matching the color we want, in a army green Doppio render.
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We'll probably put the white in to GB page for clarifying the color. It's pretty much set up.
Green is going to be up until it has a conclusion. :thumb:

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 19:39:21 »
Thatís a tough choice now between white and dark red. Still going to do dark red though I think. Nice job with the colours!

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 21:25:42 »
I'm confused why the group buy says $275usd per kit but on the website it shows $340?

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Awesome, thanks for clarifying!

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 21:50:14 »
so there'll be no gold rose color like R1 ?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 21:53:11 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

I never really heard any clarification on this, but if it supports TMK, why can it not support QMK? is it just that the port hasn't been done, or is it that the port isn't possible?

BT PCB supports TMK only at the moment. Maybe someone might able to get it goes with QMK.


Have a link to the CAD66 TMK source?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 22:01:09 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

I never really heard any clarification on this, but if it supports TMK, why can it not support QMK? is it just that the port hasn't been done, or is it that the port isn't possible?

BT PCB supports TMK only at the moment. Maybe someone might able to get it goes with QMK.


Have a link to the CAD66 TMK source?

I donít know where the source is but I know the firmware file can be created at ydkb.io

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #22 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 22:27:56 »
Is it possible to get PVD Brass Alps plate? or red. :)

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« Reply #23 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 22:41:03 »
This may be noted somewhere but I would like to confirm; is the brass plate is compatible with the BT PCB?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 23:04:27 »
Will the silver this time once again be the very matte silver?

Also is it possible to show the white case colour next to the silver case colour? And could you show both with default 9009 type keycap set to get a sense of whiteness?

Thanks!!

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 23:28:03 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

I never really heard any clarification on this, but if it supports TMK, why can it not support QMK? is it just that the port hasn't been done, or is it that the port isn't possible?

hex file won't do much good in porting to qmk. need the source files for that.
BT PCB supports TMK only at the moment. Maybe someone might able to get it goes with QMK.


Have a link to the CAD66 TMK source?

I donít know where the source is but I know the firmware file can be created at ydkb.io

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 00:12:49 »
Perhaps add clarification that at least at this time the BT PCB only supports TMK?

I never really heard any clarification on this, but if it supports TMK, why can it not support QMK? is it just that the port hasn't been done, or is it that the port isn't possible?

BT PCB supports TMK only at the moment. Maybe someone might able to get it goes with QMK.


Have a link to the CAD66 TMK source?

I donít know where the source is but I know the firmware file can be created at ydkb.io

Hex file can be generated via ydkb.io.
Code is not open sourced.

Is it possible to get PVD Brass Alps plate? or red. :)

No sorry. That will be too many options. :-X 


Will the silver this time once again be the very matte silver?

Also is it possible to show the white case colour next to the silver case colour? And could you show both with default 9009 type keycap set to get a sense of whiteness?

Thanks!!

Silver is the same as previous round. I don't have both silver and white cases in my hand so sorry for not able to take some shots of them.
Hope photos in GB page is clear enough to help you compare and make a choice. :thumb: 

so there'll be no gold rose color like R1 ?

No sorry. We canceled brown and rose gold. :'(
« Last Edit: Fri, 17 August 2018, 00:14:28 by PlayKeyboardTW »

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 00:32:23 »
This may be noted somewhere but I would like to confirm; is the brass plate is compatible with the BT PCB?

This is a good question. Iíd also like to get confirmation on this too as itís a little unclear whether the brass plate will have the new cutouts for BT.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 00:44:49 »
Plate pic. The upper one is for Alps, the other one is for both alu and brass.
All these are compatible with BT PCB.
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« Reply #29 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 00:55:48 »
Bright dip anodizing option?
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 01:02:57 »
Plate pic. The upper one is for Alps, the other one is for both alu and brass.
All these are compatible with BT PCB.
(Attachment Link)

Awesome! Thank you for clarifying BT support across all plates.

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« Reply #31 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 02:31:20 »
Plate pic. The upper one is for Alps, the other one is for both alu and brass.
All these are compatible with BT PCB.
(Attachment Link)

oh dang, it looks like split backspace is not available for alps plate?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #32 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 03:21:08 »
Do you have a specific battery that you recommend? Is there a certain connection type required for the PCB?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #33 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 04:11:16 »
I just want to be 100% sure before I order: the PCB/BT PCB/plates are all compatible with R1 case, correct?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #34 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 04:17:07 »
Do you have a specific battery that you recommend? Is there a certain connection type required for the PCB?

No. You can measure it after receiving the keeb. Too much room for a battery. :p

I just want to be 100% sure before I order: the PCB/BT PCB/plates are all compatible with R1 case, correct?

We recommend you to get a new version plate for BT PCB. Others are compatible with R1. :thumb:

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 04:19:02 »
Hi guy! Finally clarified all prices. Sorry for delaying.

We raised the price for brass plate a bit, since we set it too low for last round. :'(
Extra parts were all updated. You guys can have a look first.

We'll make both pages available to be put into carts later! :thumb:

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2
« Reply #36 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 05:08:02 »
GB is up! ;)

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (GB starts!)
« Reply #37 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 05:20:55 »
why there is no different between normal and special color price ???

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (GB starts!)
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 05:30:16 »
why there is no different between normal and special color price ???

Thanks for noticing. We were just editing them at the same time. :eek:

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« Reply #39 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 05:50:55 »
no rose gold this time?

edit: i didnt see it got cancelled.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (GB starts!)
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 06:00:16 »
no rose gold this time?

edit: i didnt see it got cancelled.
I'm sad. i like rose gold
it will fit with my SA Bubble :(

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (GB starts!)
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 08:15:11 »
no rose gold this time?

edit: i didnt see it got cancelled.
I'm sad. i like rose gold
it will fit with my SA Bubble :(

I believe grey blue will work fine with it as well. :p

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (GB starts!)
« Reply #42 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 09:20:49 »
I couldn't resist, I joined the GB for a dark red version  :cool:

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« Reply #43 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 09:24:08 »
This is tough. If you are getting white, which keycaps are you going to use? I'm thinking of using Metaverse.

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« Reply #44 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 09:29:39 »
In for Dark Red, Brass Plate, BT PCB. Now just to light a fire under Input Club to start SA Royalty GB for matching keyset!

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (GB starts!)
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 09:54:13 »
Still crying over no brown for my SA Chocolatier haha. Dark red should work nicely though!

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« Reply #46 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 10:00:56 »
This is tough. If you are getting white, which keycaps are you going to use? I'm thinking of using Metaverse.

Metaverse would work pretty well. In my opinion anything with white alphas and non-white mods would look good.
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« Reply #47 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 10:10:55 »
In for Dark Red, Brass Plate, BT PCB. Now just to light a fire under Input Club to start SA Royalty GB for matching keyset!

I'm going to go with Dark Red and GMK Red Samurai. Brass plate for bling and feeling. Not sure about BT yet think I'll go wired.

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« Reply #48 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 10:27:37 »
In for Dark Red, Brass Plate, BT PCB. Now just to light a fire under Input Club to start SA Royalty GB for matching keyset!

I'm going to go with Dark Red and GMK Red Samurai. Brass plate for bling and feeling. Not sure about BT yet think I'll go wired.

Thatíll look nice! I actually got both PCBs just as backup so Iíll decide once they arrive or maybe Iíll just build up two options.

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« Reply #49 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 11:40:37 »
A bluetooth switch between Tab and Q
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Just confirming, we will need to take of keycaps each time we turn on/off bluetooth?