Like many hackers, I tend to type a lot. And I’m somewhat picky about my keyboards.
Early last year, I started reading about the (incredibly sad) state of the art in ergonomic keyboards. Despite the fact that I’d never held a soldering iron, I somehow got it into my head that I should be able to make my own keyboard. Using a keyboard shell and plate designed by someone else, it took me a few weeks to solder together and debug my first working (and entirely open source) keyboard.
Since then, I’ve explored layout design, construction techniques, materials, microcontrollers and a variety of layouts. I’ve also done a fair job exploring the wide variety of ways you can screw up as you make a keyboard.
This talk will cover:
Most importantly, I’ll cover every mistake I can remember making as I hand-built my first few keyboards.
Jesse Vincent is the author of RT and Hiveminder and the founder of Best Practical Solutions, LLC, a company dedicated to open tools to help people and organizations keep track of what needs doing, when it gets done, and who does it. Jesse is also the founder and project lead of K-9 Mail, the leading open source email client for Android. Jesse was the project lead for Perl 5 for the 5.12 and 5.14 release cycles.
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