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Heya Ted,
(Did you leave me voicemail earlier in the day?)
Your project immediately reminded me of Eric Raymonds blog post from June 27, 2013: Keyboards are Not a Detail Looks like youre solving a lot of ESRs complaints except one; it would be nice to use the buckling spring switch. But the patents have expired, so that is an option for the future once sales take off. In fact, for a small fee, Unicomp would be more than willing to manufacture this for you. Unicomp is very reasonable to work with. Talk to Jim. Looks like youve already done the hard parts that would be expensive to have Unicomp do; since those are done, the remaining work would be very cheap since youve done the heavy lifting.
Ive actually go a line into Unicomp on a related matter. Ill certainly
raise the possibility with them. Well also need to make sure its loud as most Buckling Spring boards ;)
Jesse, will your keyboard have N-key rollover? Or, it being USB and all, at least 5-key rollover/chording?
Out of the box, itll be 6KRO (6+modifiers), however if you feel like
hacking around with the driver, you should be able to make NKRO happen
(on ~everything except OS X)
Any chance of having a split version, so I can place the two halves on my chair/desk and screw them down to the wood, but then screw it back to the one-piece base for use on the road? I miss my Kinesis; at this point I think your design beats the ErgoMagic by fair, except for lack of a splitting feature. And even the ErgoMagic doesnt have the screw-holes so I can screw it down to my custom wood-work/metal-work. Id like a keyboard that can blend seamlessly with my cyberpunk office furniture.
Id really like to, but it probably wont be the first keyboard we make.
Too much technical risk means that we might not ship a great keyboard.
Care to do a trade? You make me a keyboard, I make you a captains chair with electro-luminescent lighting AKA Tron style?
Thanks for the offer - Im not quite in a place where a new chair makes
sense, but Ill definitely keep it in mind.