So I landed back home late last night, and will fly out again early Tuesday morning. I meet with our metal fabricator friends Monday afternoon to get in their queue. After originally thinking I had already done that via email, they want to meet in person to discuss the MINOR changes I would like to see in the production run. As much as anything, our desire for a new black makes them want me to pick out a new one before agreeing to everything from a cost perspective. They really aren't making much here either, and they want to factor in the cost of whatever we choose if it is a non-standard paint for them (I get it).
Not sure how many are following the "workshop thread", but DMA received our beamspring. FINALLLLLLLY. This was a hiccup on my end. I haven't been around (like at all), so my wife has been nice enough to handle my parcels. I had her mail out a couple of things to various folks, but for some reason she didn't send DMA's out (in fairness to her, I only typically RECEIVE large boxes). She unpacks, discards the box, and leaves everything out for me. She knows if things just sit in boxes, they historically will stay in boxes, and that is a bit of a "hangup" for her. When we finally worked out what had happened, she was nice enough to repack one beamspring and accessories in the largest box she could find (smaller than the original), and send out. Moral... sorry for the delay, but wanted you to realize the backstory.
DMA is having success there on the CommonSense front for the alternate controller. For those that haven't been able to follow why this is interesting... I will attempt to explain without technical details. The legacy xWhatsit (which is still brilliant) relies heavily on hardware (MANY electrical components) to map capacitive sensing back to something modern computers can use. DMA has proposed, and is succeeding at, using software against essentially a single chip to perform the same function. This has real benefits not only now (smaller form factor, somewhat less power consumption by the controller itself, functional flexibility, cheaper to produce, etc...), but certainly in the future since software by its nature is extensible. It's a big deal... if it works!!!
DMA's CommonSense (brilliant name) thread is here if you are wanting to follow. Keep in mind going in, you will learn a lot, but this is a topic that isn't for the faint of heart: https://deskthority.net/workshop-f7/commonsense-controller-better-capsense-for-the-ibm-type-f-t13988.html
I will let DMA give you more technical details as to the benefits, but wanted to help everyone understand why it is so interesting from a higher level. And understand why we are waiting to produce the controllers since the timing of this was so intriguing. We won't delay much longer... and we will vote, but we wanted to give this the opportunity to flush out a bit to really understand our options