keyboard history

the current board is a dactyl manuform, it is by far the most comfortable, requires some relearning if you were using staggered, flat or ortholinear

Ergonomics

  • manuform - my current board, compensates for joint movement using curves, and for different finger length using depth
  • ergo - ergodox board, compensates for finger length vertically, it is flat
  • thumbs - the ortho, ergo and manuform take advantage of the thumbs range of motion
  • ortholinear - keys are aligned not staggered, no compensation for finger length
  • split - keyboard is two pieces accomodates shoulder width
  • traditional - a traditional keyboard can be improved using layers, footpedals, programmable layouts or split spacebars

latest on top, you could go straight to a dactyl and save yourself time, it is the most logical design, or you could go for slow transitions and start with an ortholinear, then ergo to move there gradually

  • dactyl manuform 5x6 - current keyboard
    • sily copper filament 3d printed
    • hand wired
    • kailh copper switches
  • cherry big switch
    • not built yet just got it for display / fun
  • 6 key encoder oled macro pad - in shipment
    • not here yet
    • first board with oled
  • bdn9 macro pad - current macropad
    • 2 encoders
    • white backlit
    • kailh burnt orange box switches
    • neopixels - not working yet
  • keyboardio - premade - traded - still own
    • matias quiet click switches
    • uses arduino ide & one board to flash
    • i like using the ide but the code is missing some features & mousekeys are unusable
  • ergodox - traded / sold
    • wanted to try it because it had adjustable legs
    • gateron blue switches
    • dsa and sa caps
    • convenient teensy board, flash once not per side, online configurator
    • used as a gamepad for a while with farming simulator
  • viterbi - second build - sold
    • pale blue switches
    • custom angled wood cases built by former coworker - still have them
  • nyquist - first kit build - still have it
    • kailh pale blue switches - still my favorite switch
    • don't get to use it much because clickly haters suck
  • letssplit - bought used / traded
    • basically a planck split in half
    • hot swappable switches
    • oetemu clear click & purples
    • more work, you have to flash firmware on each half
    • i bought this because i wanted the eggy in a basket artisan keycap
    • found out i like a split keybaord
  • planck - bought used, sold
    • %40 size
    • started using mousekeys - works ok
    • zealiostotle switches
    • hipro black case
    • carbon fiber plate
    • orange backlit
    • orange case
    • tried various dsa and sa keycaps
  • pok3r - sold on ebay
    • 60% size
    • this was a random purchase after the bw died
    • clear switches
    • programmable with layers
    • rgb backlit
    • this is what started the dive down the programmable keyboard land
  • razor black widow - died
    • my son's handme down
    • blue switches
    • green backlit
    • 5 macros

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