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Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop

What's the Use of Function Keys F1 F2…? (major update)

portal keycap 6221
Buy portal keycap
translucent keycap 7300
Max Keyboard Universal Cherry Translucent keycaps set

LY092 Mini Keyboard

Myth of QWERTY vs Dvorak Layout (major extension, with pictures and book reference.)

Hammond Typewriter

Caligraph Typewriter

my article hit hackernews. yay. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14367207

the article is History of Emacs and vi Keys

thanks to whoever submitted.

Typewriter Spacebar History

Xah Keyboard (minor update)

Character Frequency Counter (updated. the origin of “E T A O I N”)

Logitech Wave Keyboard (minor update. new photos.)

Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards (minor update)

finger length: index vs ring

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finger length index vs ring

note: check your right hand too.

vote at https://twitter.com/xah_lee/status/864974562751946752

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finger length index vs ring, poll result.

just noticed today, my left hand, the ring finger is longer, but same on my right hand.

Optimus Popularis Keyboard. The Optimus keyboard, seems unreliable as mass product. They are way expensive and not on market for long.

LCD screens keypad

just discovered this on amazon.

Elgato Stream Deck keypad 28733
Elgato Stream Deck keypad

each key is a LCD screen. And not very expensive!

Elgato Stream Deck keypad

ergodox QMK firmware vs keyboard.io Kaleidoscope

For those ergodox fans, this is informative:



algernone wrote on 2017-05-16

There are a few things QMK is better at: stability, community knowledge, available keymaps. On the other hand, Kaleidoscope brings a few things too, which QMK does not have:

• Instead of a monolithic codebase, Kaleidoscope is a very small core, with lots of plugins. This is easier to extend, and easier to puzzle the pieces YOU need together.

• Some of the features shared by both are more flexible in Kaleidoscope:

  • One-shots can be chained, so you can do Alt, Ctrl, X, instead of Alt+Ctrl+X.
  • Tap-dance is a lot easier to work with.
  • You can have more than one Leader key.
  • Macros can have parts that work while the keyboard is idle.
  • MouseKeys are easier to tweak (including at runtime).

• There are features that QMK does not have:

  • Bi-directional communication with the host, which allows all kinds of reconfiguration, without compiling or flashing new firmware.
  • Magic combos.
  • A lot of LED effects.

A lot of stuff is doable with QMK, but the Kaleidoscope architecture is a lot easier to work with. And the bi-directional communication is something that QMK lacks, and is the biggest deal.

There are some other niceties, like being able to emulate an absolute mouse, meaning you can position the mouse to specific parts of the screen, no matter where the cursor has been before. Combined with the usual mouse keys, this is a very powerful way to control the rodent.

keyboard.io Model 01 latest update with photo


much delayed, but always solid progress.

one really nice thing happening is that they created a open source firmware Kaleidoscope https://github.com/keyboardio/Kaleidoscope and the GUI Chryslis https://github.com/algernon/Chrysalis

that's beyond any current firmware's capabilities in any gaming/programable keyboard/keypad, as far as i know.

reddit discussion https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/6bbz4g/keyboardio_latest_updateprototype/

Keyboard Articles Index (439 articles)

King's Assembly mouse keyboard, fraud

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Kings Assembly mouse keyboard. $239k funded. After 3 years, no product, no update.

see https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/6alrnu/status_of_the_kings_assembly_mouse_keyboard/

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〔image source https://twitter.com/OAK_ATOK/status/731356934234734592〕 More photos at http://blog.livedoor.jp/zte03212-kazu/archives/281630.html
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contour mouse

Kinesis Keyboard Key Remap/Macro/Layout How-To

updated. You can set a thumb key to toggle the number pad. Or, hold it as shift for number pad.

Apple Pippin NeXT keyboard 62215
Apple KeyboardApple Bandai Pippin ControllerNeXT Keyboard 〔image source https://twitter.com/pluis9/status/861569094260215812

〔►see Apple Bandai Pippin Controller

〔►see NeXT Keyboard

Russian keyboard 96899

Russian Keyboard Layout (new photo)

Rei Ayanami  Evangelian 51688 s

Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard (new photos)

German Keyboard Layout

Kinesis Keyboard Gallery (new photo)

Russian Keyboard Layout

Dactyl keyboard (new glorious photo added)

French Letter Frequency and Keyboard Layout

Character Frequency Counter

Keyboard: Alt Graph Key, Compose Key, Dead Key (updated)

French Keyboard Layout (new)

Rheinmetall Portable Ergonomic Typewriter

Standardizing Modern Keyboard Layout

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SemiErgo layout. https://github.com/mtei/SemiErgo_Layout

today, there are so many ergonomic keyboard layouts, each one is very different, and there's no standard.

the project there seems to try to come up with a standardized layout, that's semi-ergonomic.

The design is very sensible.

Mechanical Keyboard: Kailh Switch (new keyboard photo)

Pinyin Letter Frequency and Keyboard Layout 拼音字母頻率 鍵盤佈局

Maltron Keyboard Review (minor update)

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Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard
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Sony home computer hb-101 keyboard

Kensington Expert Mouse (new photo of the old 2001 model)

DT225 Trackball (updated. photo of roller)

Function Key vs Key Chord, Which is Healthier, Which is Faster?

Promethium51 Keyboard

Programable Keypads (added video review of X-keys)

Keyboards with Volume Wheel (new keyboard with disk design for volumn control)

IBM Model M type 3193 Keyboard (added video)

Azio MK Retro Keyboard (now a pink-gold version)

Keyboard Keycap Gallery 2 (alien xenomorph xx121 keycap)

Steam Punk Keyboard (added a video review)

BrokerTec Keyboard (stock trading keyboard)

lofree dot keyboard

Royal Bar-Lock Typewriter

Guide to Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms (updated, new photos)

Using a Second Keyboard as Programable Keypad

Genovation Programable Keypad (new page. video review)

Self-Destruct Keyboard Panel in Movie Alien

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Self-destruct panel from movie Alien (1979). (designed by special effectist Simon Deering) 〔image source https://typesetinthefuture.com/2014/12/01/alien/
alien self destruct keyboard
Self-destruct panel from movie Alien (1979). (designed by special effectist Simon Deering or Ian Wingrove) 〔source http://alienexplorations.blogspot.com/1979/05/simon-deerings-auto-destruct-panel.html

for under $100 budget, your best keyboard is probably between MS Sculpt Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review or a cheap chinese mech Water Resistant Mechanical Keyboard

Keyboard Planet 6 (new model)

Dactyl keyboard (new pretty photo)

What's Mouse Polling Rate (on its own page)

How to Choose a Gaming Mouse? (updated)

Mac: Key Remapping and Keybinding Tools

(added Mac ControllerMate review. A USB level remap software.)

Charles Babbage's mouse pointer

3 great tales of design, of things that are critical but not talked about.

the guy (Marcin Wichary) is also doing a lot research on keyboard. Tons of things i haven't seen before. Follow him at https://twitter.com/mwichary

CM Storm NovaTouch, was $300 now $200. Happy Hacking's Topre switch but Cherry MX compatible stem for custom keycaps. watch video review at

CM Storm NovaTouch keyboard

Mouse Reviews Major update. Now, mouses are grouped into good and bad.

Left Handed Mouse (updated)

Xah keyboard Blog Archive Index