Adomax Flaretech

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Adomax Flaretech
Family Adomax Flaretech
Sense method Optoelectronic
Keycap mount Cherry MX mount
Switch mount Plate mount

Flaretech is a yet unreleased optoelectronic keyboard switch family from Adomax.

Prototypes of the switch was shown at Computex 2015. [1] The first keyboard: the Wooting One, became available for pre-order on Kickstarter in May 2016. [2]

Description

Switches consists of individual plate-mounted switch modules over a printed circuit board.

There are no electronics in the switch modules themselves. Instead, surface-mounted infra-red optoelectronic components on the circuit board provide the sensing in conjunction with the module's transparent slider.

Because the sensing is optical, sensing is fast with "debouncing" rated at 0.03 ms. It also allows "analogue" reading of key travel, currently at between 2 and 4 mm of key travel.

Flaretech switches support backlighting through a transparent light-guide from a surface-mounted LED on the circuit board into the keycap. The light-guide is almost in the same position as the LED on a Cherry MX switch, only somewhat to the right. The switches are keycap-compatible with most keycaps for backlighting made for Cherry MX switches.

Variants

The switch variant is indicated by the colour of the top housing. Two variants of switch modules with different key feel have been announced.[2]

Name Type Actuation force
"Red" Linear 55cN
"Blue" Clicky 55cN

A black and a brown switch were also seen in promotional materials at Computex 2015.

References

  1. Custom PC Review: Computex 2015: Adomax Flaretech Infrared Keyswitches Could Be Keyboard’s Next Big Thing. Retrieved 2016-05-31
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kickstarter.com: The Analog mechanical keyboard for precise movement in Games by Wooting. Retrieved 2016-05-31