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KeyMouse Comet - New Upcoming Product

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Chair Mounting Brackets for Ergodox EZ by KeyMouse

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60 Key Programmable KeyPad from KeyMouse (USB & Wireless) - Feb 8, 2019

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New Mounting Bracket for KeyMouse Track on Chairs

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Fundraiser by World of Tanks Staff to Purchase Customized KeyMouse Alpha for World of Tanks Player

In cooperation with World of Tanks / War Gaming to help a disabled gamer:

https://gogetfunding.com/help-a-disabled-player-play-world-of-tanks/

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Utah Mechanical Keyboard (UTMK) Meetup Feb. 2, 2019

If you're planning to go, please comment here or message us so we can give a head count to the coordinators of the event.



 
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KeyMouse 3D Print Farm

Here's a video showing our 3D print farm for building KeyMouse devices.
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KeyMouse Alpha Hand Size Testing with 3D Print Files

KeyMouse is now offering 3D print file downloads (non-functional model) so you can 3D print for hand size testing.
Check out our 3D print files at www.keymouse.com/support.
Click on the "3D Print Files" icon and go to the folder "KeyMouse Alpha 107 (Non-Functional) for Hand Sizes".

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KeyMouse Track is Now Available

KeyMouse Track is now available on our website :) This is a super comfortable mechanical keyboard/trackball combined. Works with both USB and Bluetooth. All keys & buttons are fully programmable. Chair mounting options are available.
 






Now you have 2 options to choose from on our website - KeyMouse Alpha is our "mouse" version (with fewer keys for lighter device and easier mouse movement) and KeyMouse Track is our "trackball" version (which has a more complete keyboard, and mouse motion is done with the trackball). 

Trackball motion is fully reprogrammable now. For example, when you switch to the Blue layer the trackball operates as a scroll wheel. When in the Yellow layer, the trackball operates as a volume control. You can fully customize the mouse motion however you want (mouse motion = arrow keys, scrolling, volume, page up/page down, etc.). We've also done many updates to the software.

Thanks,
The KeyMouse Team
www.keymouse.com
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KeyMouse Alpha 105 is Now Available

As we continue to make improvements, we are excited to announce the release of KeyMouse Alpha 105.

The more notable updates are:
1. New QWERTY key caps - reflects the same layout for blue and yellow layers as the software defaults.
2. New high quality braided USB cables - the braided cables give more flexibility.
3. Firmware version 50 - very solid, no stuck key issues, etc.


 
























 
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KeyMouse Alpha 104 with 4 Hand Sizes

We now offer KeyMouse Alpha in Small, Medium (Default), Large, and X-Large hand sizes.  Please check our new Hand Size PDF to see what size fits you best.  The 4 size options is the only physical change in KeyMouse Alpha 104.  Essentially the difference in each is the height & position of the wrist rest.  The wrist rest is lower and further back for large hands, and higher and closer to the keys for small hands.



We have also posted a new version of our KeyMouse Software 1.40.  You can see the features & bug fixes added here.
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KeyMouse Alpha 103 is Now Available :)

KeyMouse is pleased to announce our latest version of KeyMouse Alpha.

What's New:
1. We've developed a custom soft touch rubber coating for the housing that has good grip, long lasting, and looks great.  It's an automotive grade paint/rubber that adds a touch of class to the 3D printed KeyMouse housings (top housing is rubbery, bottom housing is not).
2. New small button module for mouse clicks & mouse freeze - longer life cycle and less force required to activate.
3. We now have FCC, CE, and IC certification.
4. Improved quality USB Cables.
5. Option for Small/Medium/Large hand size.
6. Various bug fixes in firmware and software have been released over the past few months.

Note: although the product is very functional, we still label the product as "Beta" in our shopping cart.  We are still working on more documentation, tutorial videos, etc.  We've been using our KeyMouse devices for almost a year now internally with good success.

Here are some photos of our latest KeyMouse Alpha (actual photos):






















 
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Check your Hand Size on KeyMouse

We're working on ways to get customers familiar with KeyMouse device size.  Here is a PDF file that you can download and print, which will give you a feel for how your hand would fit on it (if you are printing with Adobe Acrobat, be sure to set "Page Scaling" to "None" on the print dialog).  We modified the colors in the image so that it doesn't use up all your ink/toner.  We currently have "medium" size KeyMouse available to customers, but will soon allow you to also choose "small" or "large" when you checkout (hopefully within a week or so).  Further down the road, we hope to have even more sizes (maybe 10 or 20) to make sure it fits exactly to your hand.  We are also considering a sizing kit with various sizes that we can ship to you to see which one fits best before we build your KeyMouse.  We know that comfort is very important so we will continue to improve this area as we move forward.

Download KeyMouse Alpha Size PDF



 
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Paul
Thank you so much for this.
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 21:22
Paul
Sounds cool!
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 21:46
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KeyMouse Alpha is Now Available

KeyMouse Alpha is now available for purchase as a 3D printed product at www.keymouse.com/purchase
We still have the "Beta" label on it since we are still polishing our offering (finishing documentation, demo videos, etc.).  It's a very usable product as it is today.

We are planning to continue using 3D printing for manufacturing as we move forward.  This gives us the flexibility to continue to evolve and improve our products without the cost of expensive tooling for each change.  We'd rather invest in a 3D print farm.  We currently have 18 3D printers, and will add more as volume picks up.  We have plans to also expand into other versions of KeyMouse such as Trackball, Gaming Keypads, and application specific input devices (examples: SolidWorks, Video Editing, AutoCAD, QuickBooks, etc.).  Our new modular circuit board design will help us on this path.  The attached images are 3D printed and painted (which is what customers will receive when ordering).  We will continue working to make it better each day.  Thank you for all your support.







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Adam
Looks great! I see that the vertical profile has changed fairly substantially compared to the 2015 prototypes; can you comment on ... Read More
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Adam
Sorry about the formatting… What material are you using for the body?What is the typical thickness of the walls?Is it electrica... Read More
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Heber Allred
Hi Adam, 1. We're using ABS for the body. 2. 1.5mm thickness for the walls 3. I believe it's electrically possible, but we don't h... Read More
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KeyMouse Kit - Circuit Boards & Modules

Hello Everyone,
We're still actively working on KeyMouse (although we have not posted an update for a while).  Our primary focus has been refining a core set of KeyMouse components that can be re-used in various versions and configurations of KeyMouse.

Although this has been a major re-design of the circuit boards and core components, I believe it's the best move in the long haul for KeyMouse. Previously, our circuit boards were all designed around the specific shape of KeyMouse plastic. As we worked on the problems of injection molding and plastic shape tweaks, it was a nightmare to adjust the circuit boards to match.  We also wanted to make a more solid platform for future versions.  So, we put the plastic on hold and worked on condensing the circuit boards, and making them modular. Our latest version of circuit boards is going into production right now.
Now, we have 6 re-usable core KeyMouse modules that can be arranged in many different ways to create various versions of KeyMouse (including a trackball version).  They can be connected together using standard jumper cables with no soldering.  We plan to use these internally for producing KeyMouse, and will likely offer a "KeyMouse Kit" for sale to allow users to custom create their own KeyMouse if they prefer a different size, shape, or key arrangement.  Long term we want to bring KeyMouse to the masses, and we feel our first step is to work closely with keyboard enthusiasts with our "kit" until we perfect it:

1. KeyMouse Main Board (Platform)
The new board is much smaller and designed as a platform for future versions.




2. Mouse Module (Laser)
We separated the laser module from the main board because there are many configurations (such as trackball, vertical mouse, adjustable angle keyboard) where having the laser separate helps a lot.






We're still working on the plastic housing & bearings for this, but it's in process currently.

3. Scroll Module
Includes switch for "middle mouse click".


4. Cherry Module
Includes LED and diode on the board for anti-ghosting.  Our new version in production has 1/2 the number of pins (total of 4 pins), and the pins are now horizontal (90 degree bend from the board) to save space.  They do not extend past the edge of the circuit board.  It has very tight tolerance, but we think it will work well.  Our custom daisy chain cable (shown below) will make it much easier to chain them together and allows us to reduce the # of pins to 4.


All we have to do is connect them in rows & columns using our jumper cables.  Manually connecting these on a curved surface is pretty quick compared to soldering on a curved circuit board.  We love the flexibility this setup gives us.



5. Big Button Module - 12mm
Tactile switch mounted on circuit board. Includes a diode on the board for anti-ghosting.  We put the half circle mounting holes on the edges so they can be mounted closely together in an array if you choose.



6. Small Button Module - 6mm
Tactile switch mounted on circuit board.  Includes a diode on the board for anti-ghosting.  We put the half circle mounting holes on the edges so they can be mounted closely together in an array if you choose.



All of these modules can be connected to eachother using standard jumper cables.  We are creating a custom jumper cable to make it easier to daisy chain the keys together:

Additional Components

Trackballs
We have a good source for trackballs now, red and black.  The ball size is 34mm (same as Logitech Trackman M570).  We like this trackball size and have heard many others that like it, too.



Battery Module
We're creating this as a module, so there is no soldering needed for final assembly.



Custom Daisy Chain Jumper Cables
We are creating a custom jumper cable to minimize the number of cables needed to chain the keys together in a matrix.




Key Caps
We've got Key Caps in stock (have had them for a while, but didn't post a picture previously).  The picture shown is for our QWERTY.  We also have DVORAK, QWERTZ, AZERTY, Colemak, and Blank.



Teflon Feet
We did a lot of tests with various Teflon suppliers, and picked one that glided the best.  These are 1/2" diameter.



Summary
Using these modules, we can create various sizes, shapes, and versions of KeyMouse easily by simply adjusting the plastic housing, and re-using the same internal components.  Essentially, with this kit, you could assemble a KeyMouse with a 3D printer and a screw driver (no soldering).  We anticipate adding more components in the future (including colors of Cherry switches such as Blue, etc.)

We have at least 4 variations of shapes/configurations for KeyMouse in mind that we feel can target specific markets, including one for trackball (highly requested).  Using these modules will make it much easier for us to try different configurations and see what sticks with users in different markets we are targeting (programming, gaming, CAD, 3D modeling, general productivity, etc.).
It will take us some time to refine the plastic shape for our first KeyMouse, but we feel very good about the direction we're moving.  We should have the new boards in a few weeks.

Thanks,
Heber
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KeyMouse® Named as CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree

We feel honored that KeyMouse® has been named as a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree.

CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories.

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

KeyMouse® will be displayed at CES 2016, which runs January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present.

Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.

 

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More Videos with KeyMouse Prototypes

Here are some more videos of the KeyMouse prototypes.

 

This first one shows the KeyMouse being used with an Android Tablet.  Both the left and right KeyMouse devices are paired via Bluetooth.  Note: Use on tablets and phones will not be officially supported at product launch, but we're showing this video so you can see that it is working in our testing so far.

 

This next video shows some of the mouse DPI adjustments.  In the first part of the video, the "Mouse Freeze" button on the right KeyMouse is programmed for a low DPI setting for "Precision Mode" while the button is held down.  In the latter part of the video, the button at the tip of the thumb on the left KeyMouse is programmed as Fn Blue, and the F7 thru F12 buttons on the right KeyMouse are programmed to set the mouse DPI in steps from 200 DPI (F7 key) up to 3,200 DPI (F12 key).  In this example Fn Blue + F7 is programmed to set the mouse DPI to 200, etc.  This is another example of what we've been working on in the firmware (making it so this functionality can be stored in the device).

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Thanks, you're already doing more than most manufacturers care to for power-users. They choose to satisfy mainstream requirements ... Read More
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Videos with New Prototypes

We're making good progress on the KeyMouse.

Here are some videos of our latest prototypes in use:

 

And here are some updated renderings with the latest design:

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Updated Design Preview

As you know, we're updating the KeyMouse™ design based on feedback we've received.

Here's a preview of an updated model.

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Guys you are doing just right! More than I expected. I've got some question. 1. Fn keys in a row : comfortable for little finger... Read More
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KeyMouse - James
Hello, 1. Do you mean the F1 thru F12 buttons? If so, they are reachable with the index fingers. 2. We are working hard to make ... Read More
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BK
Oh, What I mean by Fn is "Fn Blue" and "Fn Yellow". thanks for the answers for the other questions.
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Thank You! - Successful KickStarter Campaign

It's been awesome connecting with all of you, hearing your feedback, receiving your support both in pledges and in your comments and messages.  We would like to extend a big "Thank You!" to all who have participated.  This campaign has been a huge success not only in funding, but also helping us to start a community around KeyMouse.

Now it's time for us to make this real.  We look forward to getting KeyMouse into your hands, literally.  More updates coming soon on our progress.

-The KeyMouse Team

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Wow why didn't I think of this? LoL. I can't wait for the release. Go get em Guy's. Sincerely, David A. Breaux... Read More
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