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Offline Mikiberry

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[IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:11:33 »
Hello guys,
Feel free to post your feed backs on the design as well as your interest in this thread.

This oriental looking board [TaiChi] is heavily inspired by the philosophy of Taichi, a Chinese cosmological term for the "Supreme Ultimate" state of undifferentiated absolute and infinite potential, the oneness before duality, from which Yin and Yang originate, can be compared with the old 無極.
The word 太極 comes from I Ching: "易有太極,是生兩儀,兩儀生四象,四象生八卦,八卦定吉凶,吉凶生大業。" ~ adopted from wikipedia.

General information of the keyboard:
1. Case will be made from 6061 Aluminium alloy. TKL layout - WKL and WK
2. Keyboard angle at 7°
3. Available plate options will be:
     a. Aluminium Alloy
     b. Brass
     c. Stainless steel
4. Weight options - Brass only
5. TaiChi logo made of titanium alloy. Manual mosaic polishing and engraving with Eve's latest techniques.
6. Side Profile 1 will be used, do not be alarmed by the prototype pictures below.
7. Colour way yet to be decided. Might do a google poll on the colour choices during the actual interest check.
8. Top mounted.
9. PCB - unconfirmed
10. Price yet to be decided.

I am still exploring payment methods directly to Eve. Since this is Eve's studio project I am trying to cut myself out of the payment process.
Lesser middleman and transfers would be better for all. Am doing this liaison for free (Eve has issues with communicating in English), which I believe would be beneficial for this community.
Of course I will still follow through and help out in the ordering and logistical requests, as well as bridging the communication gap here.

I prefer to let the pictures do the talking, so continue to scroll down below for more details.
Without further ado, here is the concept render for your reference:


Version 2.3 CAD for CNC - Prototyping 2 in process:






Version 2.3 Prototype Updates:











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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:11:49 »
Concept Renders:


Side profile 1:


Side profile 2:


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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:11:59 »
Concept Prototype:












Black Prototype:


















Red Prototype:






















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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:12:06 »
Concept Art:










Scrapped layout idea:
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:19:52 »
Ver. 2.0 Concept Drawings:
We have discussed and prepared the initial drawings for prototyping. Do note that the diagrams here are not final and are in midst of making things better.

Top Case design - We will be removing the text as the TaiChi logo is symbolic.  We believe simplicity is elegance.
We will also be shifting the logo to the right arrow cluster position instead of left.



Curved Profile 1 as promised:


The Rear:


The Bottom:


Exploded isometric projection:



Update 2:
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:20:18 »
Some IC details:

[1] 4 Colour Combinations will be selected for purchase
[2] 60 Units for sales
[3] Preferential raffle system - Based on easier to ship location, living people whom I already know and trust and supporters
[4] Launch Date: Soon? Maybe?
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:20:44 »
Looks great! Any chance sharing the qq group#?

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« Reply #7 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:22:39 »
I really like this! Would love to see some other colors.
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:23:49 »
bottom looks really nice! Not a big fan of the side profile tho, the curvy one looks better IMO
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:26:57 »
Looks great! Any chance sharing the qq group#?

No dedicated group for TaiChi at the moment. But you can join Eve's QQ group at 580630564.
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:32:16 »
1st side profile looks better imo. Otherwise a gorgeous keyboard.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:35:21 »
bottom looks pretty dope, but the curved side looks better
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:42:40 »
Hawt af! This will be my first TKL. 1st prototype looks more appealing to me. How's the plan for GB?
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:44:29 »
Hawt af! This will be my first TKL. 1st prototype looks more appealing to me. How's the plan for GB?

Gathering feedback and stuffs at the moment. Stay tuned.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 22:59:49 »
Super dope. Have you decided if this is going to be limited or not? Also I love the idea of implementing the side curve to capture the shape of the taichi circle.  That is just so original. Very very beautiful work!
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 23:03:51 »
Super dope. Have you decided if this is going to be limited or not? Also I love the idea of implementing the side curve to capture the shape of the taichi circle.  That is just so original. Very very beautiful work!

Not sure how it would go, just an interest check for now :D

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 23:20:15 »
LOVE IT! Especially when I noticed the unique side profile, rectangular on the front and S on the back, at first I thought it was weird and contradicting, it's actually mimicking the tai chi logo (and philosophy) , but rectangular on the front to make it easy to pair with a wrist wrest or just easier overall for most people to type on. Aesthetics meets utility.

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« Reply #17 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 23:25:17 »
I really like side profile 2. The curves go with the theme. Is it just me or the red more pink? I would like to see a darker red :)
Also, any specs on the weight?
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« Reply #18 on: Tue, 02 October 2018, 23:31:50 »
I really like side profile 2. The curves go with the theme. Is it just me or the red more pink? I would like to see a darker red :)
Also, any specs on the weight?

I will ask for more pictures of the weight.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 00:08:09 »
Dang that bottom is off the hook.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 01:15:58 »
I think side profile 1 would look much better.
I love the weight design, this feels like a instabuy if side profile 1 will chosen for the final design  ;D

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 01:16:24 »
That really looks dope as hell. Too bad I'm not that into TKLs
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 02:17:37 »
Side profile 1 with curves front and back is more unique and imo better looking.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 02:34:35 »
Please keep the opinions coming. Trying to get mods help with a straw poll. Else I'm doing a Google sheet form.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 03:30:25 »
Poll added on OP's request

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 06:26:33 »
+1 for side profile 1. Prefer to have the word 太极 on the front instead of the logo.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 07:12:29 »
fantastic profile 1,and I must buy at least 2.
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 07:41:43 »
Voted! Have you decided on a pcb yet? Is it compatible with a universal tkl pcb like xd87?
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 08:30:59 »
Voted! Have you decided on a pcb yet? Is it compatible with a universal tkl pcb like xd87?

Will be collaborating with c3 and use their pcb.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 09:13:00 »
This looks pretty! Would love to see a purple variant.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 12:57:47 »
can you share with us more details about this board - degree/height of board, overall weight, potential options for cws/plate materials, etc
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 17:20:20 »
Centering the logo above the arrow cluster would be nice, having it off to the side kind of bothers me. What is the price looking like?

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 18:08:15 »
Added some general details of the board.
Colourway and pricing yet to be decided.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #34 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 19:36:09 »
Centering the logo above the arrow cluster would be nice, having it off to the side kind of bothers me. What is the price looking like?

Not sure on the pricing. I will communicate your suggestions on the logo to Eve Studio.
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #35 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 20:01:03 »
holy canoli i love this, insta buy

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« Reply #36 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 20:38:53 »
How about a name tag on the right side of the board above the arrow cluster?
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 04 October 2018, 17:48:03 »
Plans for iso?

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 04 October 2018, 18:47:27 »
Plans for iso?

Reasonable request. I can relay that to them.
Might have ISO plate variants, but my preference heavily leaned on ANSI only.
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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 04 October 2018, 19:01:28 »
Now that is grand.

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« Reply #40 on: Thu, 04 October 2018, 20:36:13 »
does Eve have a time line laid out for this? i know they do things in short notice is it expected next month or this month still?

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« Reply #41 on: Thu, 04 October 2018, 23:35:22 »
does Eve have a time line laid out for this? i know they do things in short notice is it expected next month or this month still?

I will ask for a timeline. But most importantly I would need all logistic and design plans to be finalized before rushing into a buy.
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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 07 October 2018, 20:34:18 »
I have proceeded on the proto making for profile 1. Stay tuned.

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« Reply #43 on: Sun, 07 October 2018, 22:14:33 »
cant wait to see it.

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« Reply #44 on: Mon, 08 October 2018, 00:08:32 »
In for the side 1. Makes this board an absolute must have!

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 09 October 2018, 03:14:27 »
Looks really good! love the yin and yang back. But i'm worried about the seams? the CNC control needs to be tight otherwise the seams won't be flush with each other and that just detracts from the beauty of the product.

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« Reply #46 on: Tue, 09 October 2018, 04:20:44 »
Looks really good! love the yin and yang back. But i'm worried about the seams? the CNC control needs to be tight otherwise the seams won't be flush with each other and that just detracts from the beauty of the product.

Did voiced the concerns over to them. Then again if people wants a perfectly seamless side then probably machining hours and cost will be an issue. Let me see how the prototype turns out.

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #47 on: Tue, 09 October 2018, 04:28:37 »
Looks really good! love the yin and yang back. But i'm worried about the seams? the CNC control needs to be tight otherwise the seams won't be flush with each other and that just detracts from the beauty of the product.

Did voiced the concern over to them. Then again if people wants a perfectly seamless side theb probably machining hours and cost will be an issue. Let me see how the prototype type turns out.

Understandable, but for me personally, I would rather spend more on a quality product. :) Can't wait to see how the prototype turns out!

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Re: [IC] TaiChi TKL Keyboard ~ Manufactured by Eve
« Reply #48 on: Tue, 09 October 2018, 04:43:46 »
Side profile 1 reminds me of Realforce 87UB, which still to this date I consider the best front and side curve. Simple, ergonomical and good looking. To me, it's better than thick RAMA bezels.

However, to be truly good keyboard, and equal or better than RAMA, this needs to have integrated plate. I think you just can't match chasis rigidity of an integrated plate.