[Product news] Kailh Cherry ML Inspired low profile switches

I just received an SMS with DHL tracking! I finally should get enough keycaps and switches to build a keyboard!
TyGuy83 wrote:@matt3o Is Kailh still planning to keep these switches on laptops only?

I believe this year we'll see quite a few low profile keyboards. Honestly I don't see how the world needs them apart for very specific applications, ie: not for a standard full size layout.
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What the world needs and what people demand are two different things. Look at apple keyboards for example.
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Ray wrote:What the world needs and what people demand are two different things. Look at apple keyboards for example.

not disputing that

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Well, I personally can't stand keys with high profile and long actuation distance. I find it very fatiguing for both gaming and typing. I also am an artist and in Photoshop it's the same story when using hotkeys. A low profile keyboard with snappy keys is mandatory for me.

For that reason these switches are of great interest to me. If kailh doesn't see a reason to make a desktop board from them I'll have to stick with my K740 or try the new Tesoro offering when it comes out later this year.
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they already presented a prototype desktop keyboard, so it's definitely in their book.
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matt3o wrote:they already presented a prototype desktop keyboard, so it's definitely in their book.

:D :D :D
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matt3o wrote:
not disputing that

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I can't imagine how you must feel about selfie sticks as a resident of a nice Italian city.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

:evil: ?
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today I received something I really wasn't expecting. Doubleshot low profile keycaps. They initially said it wasn't possible but evidently they found a way. Together with that I have enough switches to make a keyboard!

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now would you look at that :D
Together with the Teensy replacement (if it can be placed above the switches), one could handwire a nice low profile mechanical keyboard.
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Those look like they are a little bit depressed in the middle and not just flat. Nice.
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So exciting!! After you build the board Matt, do you have any plans to build some boards for the community?
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matt3o wrote:today I received something I really wasn't expecting. Doubleshot low profile keycaps. They initially said it wasn't possible but evidently they found a way. Together with that I have enough switches to make a keyboard!

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So you are not worried about making a very thin keyboard that can be twisted easily and deformed out of shape by anyone?

If you are going to make a thin keyboard, please use at least a 3mm thick Stainless Steel plate to help provide the keyboard with a tough none deforming base.
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the case is more of less the same, it's everything that stays above to plate that shrinks
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This is more or less what I wanted to do.

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basically an HHKB with split spacebar. Unfortunately I don't have all the key size to make it perfect, but I can settle with that for a prototype.
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matt3o wrote:basically an HHKB with split spacebar. Unfortunately I don't have all the key size to make it perfect, but I can settle with that for a prototype.

If a Keyboard rises from this, please make sure when it's used by anyone that it WILL NOT buckle or twist when used.

A lot of thin keyboards exhibit that behaviour all because of being, extremely anorexic :ugeek: .
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Wodan wrote:
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not disputing that

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I can't imagine how you must feel about selfie sticks as a resident of a nice Italian city.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Don't even get me started on selfie stick wankers, they disrupted my loverly trip to Sorrento. I have even seen someone with a full sized ipad on one when i was in 'nam , all i was thinking was fall off and smash please fall off and smash.

Also do we have any idea when this will be available ( the keyboard not the selfie stick)
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matt3o wrote:This is more or less what I wanted to do.

basically an HHKB with split spacebar. Unfortunately I don't have all the key size to make it perfect, but I can settle with that for a prototype.

Looks very cool. I'm interested in designing a PCB for these Kailh ML switches, a 40% layout.

How easy is it to get your hands on the switches and keycaps right now? And does it seem they are willing to make custom keycaps right now? I have a few strange keys in my layout (1.75 shift, 1.75 backspace, 1.25 Tab, and 1.5 Enter).

I sent Kaihua a request for samples
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Any news or updates on these switches?
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