Hyper 7 IRL...

jae-3soteric

11 Feb 2018, 19:02

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So after seeing the H7 kit of keycaps for sale last summer, I bought them off 7Bit with no intention other than to use them to look pretty, however, after a chat with some other friends from the UK, we actually decided to give making this a go....

Yiancar was our PCB man - and although we did cock up, not realising 3 rows should be on the daughterboard, we got through development. This is actually PCB 2 that you see here - no1 is going to get framed I think for my office wall.

The plate is steel, and custom made through Laser Master, the switches are MX Outemu ICE Greys, and the case was handmade from wood, but is only a prototype till I can work out a method of using my small CNC mill to create a multipart alu case. All switches are holtited as well as the number of times I'd need to take the board apart and back together was insane.

All in its taken probably 45 hours of time to get to this stage, with lots of periods of inactivity. One of the largest jobs was porting the PCB into QMK. The hex file now has 9 layers and nearly 8,000 different functions across the board... although I haven't committed them to memory as yet!

Special thanks to:

7Bit, Yiancar, Gimli, Calza, Louison, Harjoat, Duynguyenle, AndyTC, Glue415, Soft, & Xondat (noxary)

For all of their help and support getting this project working and running. There are now plans for a hardwood case and a revised PCB to ensure the correct rows are on each section...

More pictures - https://imgur.com/a/Z8pIW

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Myoth

11 Feb 2018, 19:10

That's one impressive keyboard with impressive keycaps, very happy to see how the thing turned out !!

The Space Cadet set has finally been honored, thanks to you guys !

Fantastic job !

codemonkeymike

11 Feb 2018, 19:13

Holly bologna! Mad respect. The inner Vim user in me may say that there are a few too many modifiers though.

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purdobol

11 Feb 2018, 19:18

What's the total length?
Very nice work.
codemonkeymike wrote: Holly bologna! Mad respect. The inner Vim user in me may say that there are a few too many modifiers though.
Emacs for life!
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with evil mode though :lol:

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depletedvespene

11 Feb 2018, 19:24

I'll take two of those. Thank you.

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Dingster

11 Feb 2018, 19:25

purdobol wrote: What's the total length?
Very nice work.
codemonkeymike wrote: Holly bologna! Mad respect. The inner Vim user in me may say that there are a few too many modifiers though.
Emacs for life!
Spoiler:
with evil mode though :lol:
How do you like your foot pedals ;)

Forgot to say amazing work on the board :D
Last edited by Dingster on 11 Feb 2018, 19:35, edited 1 time in total.

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depletedvespene

11 Feb 2018, 19:27

Jokes aside, fantastic work. Do be warned that everyone and their dog(s) will have differing ideas about the exact layout to use. :-D

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purdobol

11 Feb 2018, 19:39

Dingster wrote: How do you like your foot pedals ;)
ಠ_ಠ

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scottc

11 Feb 2018, 19:44

Nice, needs more duck keycaps though.

jae-3soteric

11 Feb 2018, 20:02

scottc wrote: Nice, needs more duck keycaps though.

Oh man I need more - I've only ever found 1 webwit...

jae-3soteric

11 Feb 2018, 20:02

depletedvespene wrote: Jokes aside, fantastic work. Do be warned that everyone and their dog(s) will have differing ideas about the exact layout to use. :-D

9 layers should be enough for anyone lol

jae-3soteric

11 Feb 2018, 20:03

purdobol wrote: What's the total length?
Very nice work.
codemonkeymike wrote: Holly bologna! Mad respect. The inner Vim user in me may say that there are a few too many modifiers though.
Emacs for life!
Spoiler:
with evil mode though :lol:
Just over 2 feet...

jae-3soteric

11 Feb 2018, 20:05

Dingster wrote:
purdobol wrote: What's the total length?
Very nice work.
codemonkeymike wrote: Holly bologna! Mad respect. The inner Vim user in me may say that there are a few too many modifiers though.
Emacs for life!
Spoiler:
with evil mode though :lol:
How do you like your foot pedals ;)

Forgot to say amazing work on the board :D
thanks man :) Might have to get some piano parts...

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Chyros

11 Feb 2018, 20:15

HOT DAYUM.

NOICE.

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depletedvespene

11 Feb 2018, 20:22

jae-3soteric wrote:
depletedvespene wrote: Jokes aside, fantastic work. Do be warned that everyone and their dog(s) will have differing ideas about the exact layout to use. :-D

9 layers should be enough for anyone lol
Only nine? Dude...

davkol

11 Feb 2018, 21:03

#dta2018

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HzFaq

11 Feb 2018, 21:14

Holy shit, good effort!

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just_add_coffee

12 Feb 2018, 07:14

I'm sorry, but I don't see the link for the group buy. :cry:

Menuhin

12 Feb 2018, 07:50

Coolest project of 2018! (and potentially much further back)

Of course we have to credit 7bit for the Hyper 7, but OP (jae-3soteric) is eventually the person who spent more time and effort and juice to put things and brains together to realize this one.

I would definitely contemplate what special functions to put on those dedicated keys with more obscure labels, e.g. functions / actions in photoshop / CAD / Linux shell / Emacs / Vim, in order to make this real cool and functional.

jae-3soteric

12 Feb 2018, 10:47

just_add_coffee wrote: I'm sorry, but I don't see the link for the group buy. :cry:
If there is enough interest I might run a small one for the PCBs - although they wont be cheap...

jae-3soteric

12 Feb 2018, 10:48

davkol wrote: #dta2018

Thanks!! I really appreciate the support!

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Iggy

12 Feb 2018, 11:34

just_add_coffee wrote: I'm sorry, but I don't see the link for the group buy. :cry:
I concur. 8-)

Shihatsu

12 Feb 2018, 13:21

HOLY SHIAT. This puts even a Battleship to shame.

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Iggy

12 Feb 2018, 13:22

Shihatsu wrote: HOLY SHIAT. This puts even a Battleship to shame.
Maybe we should call this one "mothership". :D

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Chyros

12 Feb 2018, 14:05

Is it actually bigger than a Battleship? It obviously has more keys, but the Battleship is surprisingly big even for a 122-key keyboard.

Whatever it is, though, I want it, it's amazing xD .

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

12 Feb 2018, 14:11

Iggy wrote:
Shihatsu wrote: HOLY SHIAT. This puts even a Battleship to shame.
Maybe we should call this one "mothership". :D
Nope :lol:
Spoiler:
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Menuhin

12 Feb 2018, 14:26

kbdfr wrote:
Iggy wrote:
Shihatsu wrote: HOLY SHIAT. This puts even a Battleship to shame.
Maybe we should call this one "mothership". :D
Nope :lol:
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That is 3 units / modules combined together, the DIY people can also print or cut some hardware to bind keyboards together and solder their wire somewhat together, a little bit cheating. Who's a giant, and one tied himself up with his chubby brother and said that he is one.

Look at this not yet been unearthed single-unit keyboard: Mother-air-freaking-craft carrier battleship
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kbdfr
The Tiproman

12 Feb 2018, 17:10

Menuhin wrote: […] Look at this not yet been unearthed single-unit keyboard: Mother-air-freaking-craft carrier battleship
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I concede defeat :lol:

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depletedvespene

12 Feb 2018, 17:19

Iggy wrote:
Shihatsu wrote: HOLY SHIAT. This puts even a Battleship to shame.
Maybe we should call this one "mothership". :D
Given that it's rather long and not that heavy, but nevertheless packs a lot of keys, perhaps the name "monitor" would be more appropriate (after the monitor-class warships of the XIX century — see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monitor_(warship)).

That the term “monitor keyboard” would confuse the uninitiated to no end is a big bonus, too. :D

andrewjoy

12 Feb 2018, 18:37

That is amazing. I want one , but i know i would not use it.

I also dont think hyper7 kits are avialble anymore :(

I will honour this by rocking round 4 on my tipro :)

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