Cityscape Multi-Level Keyboard Really Stacks Up


Keyboards with wells like the Maltron, the Kinesis Edge loved ones, and anything dactyl-esque out there are excellent. Trust us, we know this firsthand. But if you want to develop your have curvy female, how the heck can you employ that condition devoid of 3D printing, intelligent woodworking, or entry to tooling and plastic molding devices? Properly, there is yet another way. Above on twitter (translated) (Threadreader: Japanese, English), [tsukasa_metam] has obtained the critical well impact by stacking up PCBs to make a skyline of vertically-staggered keys.

The boards of Cityscape are all screwed jointly for mechanical integrity, but individuals screws are operating extra time, delivering electrical connections among the layers as well. We specially like that there is an impetus for this develop other than ‘I assumed of it, so let’s do it’ — [tsukasa_metam] tends to typo in the double vital press feeling, hitting Q for instance at the very same time when A was the supposed focus on. In between the 3.2 mm of crucial journey, the 2.8 mm stage peak, and those people flat F10 keycaps, that is no extended an issue.

As a substitute of the well-liked low-profile Kailh choc switches, [tsukasa_metam] went with TTC KS32s, a new swap released in 2020. In contrast to chocs, they’ll acquire Cherry MX-design and style keycaps, as extended as they are putting on small skirts. Cityscape is not entirely open supply, but the thought is now out there even so, and we transpire to have an Odd Inputs and Peculiar Peripherals contest operating now by way of July 4th.

Do stacked PCBs look kinda familiar? Hey, it is less complicated than winding transformer coils.

Via KBD #79


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