This post continues to be interesting and I am impressed by the community for all the recent developments.

Zorborema

After the first successful sale 1, Zorb conducted a b-stock sale featuring slightly less polished templars. Both of these are documented here. All profits that were not spent on packaging and materials has been donated to help refugees from Syria.

There was also a new photo of The Entling! Zorborema Entling Cap

Adamski

Adamski created a good introduction with a keycap giveaway featuring the T800 design in both Topre and MX variants. Adamski Artisans and WASD set I have been a particular fan of the T800 design since I saw the creation photos on reddit. Also, notice the very nice looking WASD set. This is a design that I have not seen been done before. The colours here are also incredibly vibrant and look really good in this design.
I managed to win a Lava cap and I am very excited to get it.

Brocaps

Bro is someone I always have trouble keeping track of as there is often more activity than you would think. It can be quite easy to miss a small giveaway or sale.

Tru-Bro ID

The biggest news it the introduction of the Tru-Bro ID system. This is a unique identification system to ensure that future brocaps have the ability to be identified and recognised in trades. It is also going to be integrated into a trading system, the Bro Depot, that allows a brocap to become a once redeemable ticket for Bro Points. You will then be able to redeem these points for something such as swag or possibly brocaps (conjecture).
This sort of brought about controversy over the ability to track users by the Brocaps that they purchase. I think this is a bit of a non sequitur and should not be given too much credence. With your Brocap you can choose to redeem it to have that bro tied to your name. No more information is gained.
Your Future Brocaps will come with a serial number embedded into the cap as well as a unique identifying card.

Initially I was excited at how this would affect the bro trading scene. Bro has always stated that he wants his caps sold for their original price. I believe if you are openly doing so you are banned for future sales. Of course something like this is impossible to restrict. But this new trading system does make it easier for people to have more approachable trades. Possible more bro for bro trades than money changing hands.

Key Points From thread:

  1. Embedded serial in each key, with matching product serial card.

  2. Each serial is tied in to your CTRL ALT account, and is redeemable (one-time only) for 5 Bro Points.

  3. You can choose to not redeem the points if you plan to trade the cap.

  4. You know it’s an authentic Bro Caps product.

Nominate A Bro 2.0

The nominate a Bro format is where you commend a member of the community for what they have done and this gives them a chance to win a Bro. As giveaway formats go, I think these are nice to see.

New Designs

The Rustler

Seeing this design is why I like artisan keycaps so much. It is an interesting and nice design that would be an interesting feature on any board.

The Bro Fist

This was teased a little while ago but there have been some better photos taken of the prototype. This is without a doubt one of my favourite keycaps I have seen in a while.

Lycan

Like the Rustler design I think this is very well sculpted and really shows bro’s quality. It also reminds me of another similar keycap. I could not find too much about this as I saw the photo on reddit and can only find a relevant tweet. The eyes in particular give this a strange look of intensity. With Bro’s new hand-sculpted range I think this is my favourite.

Random Sack Giveaway

This was a cool giveaway for many as it was another opportunity to get the resigned Brobot V2 design You where able to choose from a list whichever caps you would like. With 300+ replies to the thread it is safe to say this was a popular giveaway.

Binge

Binge has not left any time since the last sale and has started a new giveaway of the hyperfuse themed Bingecaps. The giveaway is in the form of a raffle all held around the purchasing of stickers. You are able to buy as many stickers as you want but the maximum keycap win is 2. The entry fee is $5 and any additional sticker is another $1

I imagine this raffle is going be quite popular. There are a huge number of caps available and it has been open for a long time. The raffle closes on 10/10/15 so you still have 9 days to buy as many stickers as you want.

Binge has also started an official trade thread where you are able to trade your existing bingecaps for other peoples bingecaps.

Krytone

Krytones activity this month was contained to the Pre-Batman sale. This happened on the 4th of September. It featured a multitude of different colours and designs. My favourite being this Krytone Krap Multi coloured Hopefully the batman sale is coming soon after this.

Retro

Retro has created a new design SHARPEI BÉRET! The detail on this is very nice and even the colour of the sculpt looks great. I will be interested to see how this turns out. Voice your interest and see what happens. I am very much looking forward to having one of these.

Flehrad R.A.G Caps

Flehrad's translucent keycaps In the past I have said I really like these caps so of course I managed to miss the sale. This was quite a large sale that took place on mechmarket There was also an update with an incredibly nice evergreen keycap. Evergreen R.A.G cap

KeyKollectiv

KeyKollectiv are getting themselves away from the Mod set scene and are starting a new series SnacKeys. These are definitely up to the same quality of the mods and have an effect I have not seen before. There is however a question mark on whether these will be sold.

Booper

Cosmonaut cap I am very excited to see some movement from Booper. The photos in their adventures thread were the main inspiration for making my keycaps. I also think the cosmonaut design is something quite special.
Luckily for me and many others a sale could be on the horizon. After removal of wisdom teeth and sticker delays, the sale may be soon.

RoastPotatoes

Roastpotatoes RGB modsets keycaps It almost had to happen. I am now including myself in my roundup. My current project is RGB mod sets for the HHKB and Topre in general. This is also coming with a couple of pink sets. I have closed orders for now but potentially could make more in the future.

Girldc

Girldc seems to be having more of a presence lately. I have noticed more activity on geekhack and reddit. I am not familiar with these characters but they are of a very particular style. Girldc is also very good at translating them to keycap form.


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Geekhack Community Tribute Board

This is a community project to create a keyboard that represents as much of the GH community and people as possible. It was started by Linkshine on Geekhack and now has an impressive list of contributors.
There will be representation of people such as:

  • Mandolin
  • HKP
  • Zorb
  • Adamski
  • booper
  • doomcaps
  • bro

And many others not in this list. It will include a lot of custom keycaps but also things like a custom case and cable. If you want to contribute something to this board, I suggest you contact linkshine on Geekhack.

New Artisan Corner Interview With XX7

This is another interview for the Artisan Corner series spearheaded by /u/skiwithpete. My next interview will be with Martin from HKP.

Activity on The Tiny Hacking Keyboard

THKB The Tiny Hacking Keyboard The Tiny Hacking Keyboard is a custom project that started long ago in 2013. Its goal was to create a HHKB style 40% that is usable. ne0phyte (the creator) is back and working on another PCB two years after the project first started. This is looking to be a more featureful PCB with an integrated atmega32u4 chip unlike the first which housed a teensy.

Hopefully this work continues and we see this keyboard come to fruition. I think the 40% form factor holds a lot of interest and the design options have not been fully explored yet.

Logitech G410

Featuring Logitech’s Romer G switches as well as RGB backlighting and a place to put your phone. I have not tried the Romer G switches but this isn’t making me want to try them. It sports a very peculiar font and a very strange case design.

Logitech G410 Mechanical Keyboard

It is not the most offensive gaming design I have seen, but I just don’t get any interest from this design. The interesting feature is also the most gimmicky feature, of course I am referring to the phone holder. Which is more than that, it acts as a second screen. This is done through Logitech’s Arx Control. This allows your phone to display information and act as media controls which are already integrated into the keyboard. I am interested but I just don’t know if I would use that.

Flyshark 2 Foldable 40%

The Flyshark 2 foldable keyboard Although not mechanical, it is a 40% keyboard with bluetooth and it folds in half. Currently in the kickstarter process, it is at around $12,000 of $30,000 goal. If it was fully programmable, I would be a lot more interested. Simply because it is well and truly portable. But it currently comes in a German layout as well as a standard layout.

It comes with a butterfly like rubberdome rated at 5 million keypresses.

I will also be interested to see whether this ships (assuming it gets funded) before the textblade. Which has notoriously not shipped for a while now.

TextBlade Now Available To Purchase

The TextBlade can now be purchased through the Waytools website. I’m not sure how much of a good idea it would be to buy one yet, as I am fairly certain no backer has received theirs yet.

There was also a photo of the TextBlade released on their forum. Textblade in the nano stand

Despite the delays I am still very interested in this product. From the photos released it does look very nice. Far better than I expected it to look.

QWERKYwriter Gets Ship Date

The QWERKYwriter typewriter styled keyboard This was a project I was not fully aware of until recently. But it is another keyboard themed like a typewriter. I much prefer this design over the look of a datamancer which goes for a steam punk aesthetic. The QWERKYwriter looks incredibly clean and nice to type on. It is supposed to ship to those who are kickstarter backers on October 25th.

It is currently available to pre-order for $329 here

The UHK Being Torn Apart When Typing

I will be shortly putting together my experiences with the UHK prototype. Here I just wanted to showcase its unique ability to be both 60% and split 60%

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UKKeycaps Grab Bags

Once again UKKeycaps is doing something good for the UK. This is an interest check for Signature Plastics grab bags for the UK. This allows those in the UK to get a chance for a cheaper grab bag, which would have cost a little more if ordered directly ordered from SP. For the UK, the bags will cost £35 with free shipping. This is all for a random assortment of 1000 keycaps.

Ducky One in Blue

Coming from the UK Ducky Facebook page, there will be a blue Ducky One.

Ducky One, Blue model

Posted by Ducky Keyboards UK on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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The case is similar to the translucent gameboy cases.

Topre PBT Spacebar Update

Massdrop Topre PBT Spacebar Mailer Update The Topre PBT spacebars are now likely onhand with massdrop or very close to it. Hopefully we will see these ship soon.

Coolermaster Switch Tester Includes Topre

Coolermaste Topre Novatouch Switch Tester This is interesting because of how hard it has been to test Topre and get a hold of a single unit switch. The new edition of the Coolermaster switch tester includes a single Topre switch in the Novatouch style. This means it has a purple MX stem. It will be interesting to see what this actually looks like inside. How it’s constructed could lead to interesting things. But this is currently the best way of getting a single Topre switch. I am still hoping that they make the Topre keychains easier to get.

New Kishsaver Update

New Model F Inner Assembly I think this is one of the most exciting projects currently running in the community and it is great so see progress happing at such a pace. For those not familiar with the project, it is to recreate and produce new Kishsavers and the slightly larger 77 key Model F. It is currently in the prototyping stage and parts are now turning up.
It is incredible to see a project of this scale and ambition coming into fruition. It has been such a long time since these keyboards have been made and they are now being brought back to life. You can currently voice your interest and orders will be opening in the coming months.

G.Skill RGB

Most of the interest for this keyboard is aimed at the Cherry RGB switches that have recently been released from the exclusivity deal with Corsair. It is a full 104 key + sized keyboard with an incredibly noticeably outlandish design. The very intense launch video does say it is fully programmable. It comes in both an RGB and non RGB model priced at $159.99 and $119.99.


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